QUOTE(Swell Box @ Dec 9 2011, 06:40 PM)
We have some ultra quiet busses in Newcastle, which run on LPG and batteries, (a but like an over grown Prius). I am sure they are very eco friendly, but I'm surprised nobody has been run over by one yet as you cannot hear them coming.
In Bordeaux they have had to put bells on the trams so that pedestrians can hear them coming
And on the subject of fraud...
You used to be able to board the Bordeaux buses through any door (front, middle or back) and validate your ticket in a machine just inside any of the doors. In an attempt to reduce the number of people who didn't pay, the only machine is now beside the front door and you have to board through the front door but...
a) the drivers believe it is their job to drive buses, not to check tickets so they refuse to look and see if people are validating them
b) in the peak hour it takes too much time for everyone to board through the front door so the drivers open all the doors and tell people to board from all the doors. (The buses are designed with the wheel-chair/push-chair/bulky luggage space in the middle so you ought to board through the middle door if you fall into any of these categories and if push-chairs/bulkly luggage don't, they block up the front door so then other people have to use the middle door)
Result, I always used to validate my ticket. Now there are times when I can't because if I have to get on through the middle or back door, there is no machine to validate it with!