Water Traps: Low-Budget Safety Method Keeps Bus Drivers in Check

China, Offbeat, Travel News — By Ben Van Loon on June 2, 2010 at 10:22 am

Making its way across the internet over the past week is a story out of Changsha, Hunan province, China. Home to over six million people and the Longxiang Public Bus Company, customer complaints have led the company to employ a head-slappingly simple system to keep drivers soft on the gas and light on the brakes:

Take one wok-sized bowl, hang it from the ceiling of the bus near the driver’s cockpit with a bit of rope, and fill the bowl with water. The system saves the company both money and moderating man-power, all the while providing customers with a smoother ride. And, if the driver does spill water, it will give riders a good chuckle, if not a pair of slick shoes.

The Xiaoxiang Morning Post reports that the drivers are to keep the bowls of water full throughout their routes, and a CCTV will monitor if they decide to add to the bowl themselves. There is no news as to what the punishment will be if a driver returns with the bowl empty, but at least the system has earned the bus company some good PR.

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