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Chesterfield Discussion / Re: Bus Fare increases from 02/01/17
« on: December 28, 2018, 11:00:52 PM »

Of this I am acutely aware Scimitar, I do understand the need to keep the "wrinklies" off the buses till the workers have got to work, having been a bus riding worker myself at one time, all I was inferring was that if the service is subject to weekday rules then this should be made clear to avoid confusion on the day, I'm sure the vast majority of o.a.p.'s are already aware of this system but even so I'm sure it must have caught quite a few pass holding passengers out.

During the last couple of years before retirement I was entitled to, and used, a "Gold card" and it was maddening to have to go to work in the mornings and have to pay fare {pre 9:30} but used it on the way home.
I think it's been fairly clear over the past two or three years - I can honestly say no one has tried to use their card because the majority understand it. I know it seems confusing to some & I understand that.

Chesterfield Discussion / Re: Bus Fare increases from 02/01/17
« on: December 27, 2018, 11:13:32 PM »
I refer to my previous quote - simply if Derbyshire County Council refuse to fund it, are you saying stagecoach, Tm travel, Hulleys etc. should waive your fare & absorb the cost? Sheffield City Council still fund theirs I understand.
A "Saturday service" which runs on a weekday between Christmas & New Year is subject to weekday rules - in part because we concentrate on getting fare paying people to work on time, which is difficult enough at rush hour as well as trying to keep punctuality.
Imagine trying to do the same with "Senior Citizen & Disability passes" at the same time - it just would not work I'm afraid, and would potentially create many complaints about people being late for work.
We have to try and manage availability because of this & do the best we can.
I hope this helps you understand the situation a little better.

Chesterfield Discussion / Re: Bus Fare increases from 02/01/17
« on: December 26, 2018, 09:18:00 PM »
Saturday service doesn’t mean Weekend rules apply unfortunately

General Discussion / Re: Christmas Wishes
« on: December 25, 2018, 12:30:40 PM »
Happy Christmas folks & I hope 2019 is fruitful for everyone ;)

Fun Stuff / Re: A Yorkshireman
« on: November 18, 2018, 06:24:44 PM »
Love it ;)

Fun Stuff / Re: Boob jobs and Viagra
« on: November 18, 2018, 06:22:44 PM »

Politics / Re: brexit latest
« on: September 25, 2018, 06:52:32 PM »
I'm just sick of hearing about sodding Brexit -  >:(
Me too-just get out of the sodding thing  ;)

General Discussion / Re: My heart bleeds.
« on: September 06, 2018, 08:07:19 PM »
We have our own Victor Meldrews on board. Love your comments guys :)) :)) MD (y)

Rants / Re: Things that really annoy me
« on: September 04, 2018, 10:18:35 PM »
I have mentioned before stuff all over buses, but it's got to the point now where these buses are just like mobile canteens. I get on a bus now, especially coming back from town, and these passengers get on with humongous cups of coffee and Greggs sausage rolls and sarnies and proceed to stuff their faces during the journey whilst droning on on the phone. Most of these people then alight from the bus leaving the remnants of their beano strewn all over the seat and floor, I've lost count the number of times I have got up during a journey to pick up a bottle/can that's rolling around on the floor of the bus and held it till we got off and put it in a bin.  We caught a bus to town about 3 weeks ago and one [double] seat no one could sit on as it was covered in what looked like cola, the bus was busy so a few had to stand.
My wife says I wonder if they treat their houses like that and I say YES of course they do they are just animals in human form.

I think the bus companies need to go back to basics with some ideas, things that are rare nowadays on the buses.
No food or drink to be consumed on the bus.....
Please have exact fare ready.....
Any troublemakers will be banned from using the service....
Able bodied must give their seat to the elderly or disabled......

Until at least those four rules are reintroduced the buses remain foul mouthed smelly mobile pig sty's, not a pleasant experience.   
You are unfortunately very correct with your comments. I have been a bus driver for close to 13 years & have seen a lot of changes during that time. No food or hot drink to be consumed on the bus - we should be sponsored by Greggs!                                              As for having exact fare - that is not a problem. We are not issued with a float by the company so if you can't give change we give them a change voucher - like an i.o.u. to be redeemed by another bus driver. They look in their hand like you have pooed on it when it's issued despite being around for a few years.Trouble makers (serious) do get banned- all buses now have audio and video cctv.As for able bodied giving up seats for elderly or disabled-that's usually the discretion of passengers & I find on the whole that they will sort it themselves. There is an official guide which I guess virtually no bus user has ever read and here is the link.

Politics / Re: Boris!!
« on: August 09, 2018, 03:59:09 PM »
As most people on the other forum knew, I very rarely get into discussions about politics, as everyone knows, your views, liberal or otherwise, will no doubt offend someone so you can't win, in other words your damned if you do and damned if you don't but in the case of Boris v's the burka that's in the news I can actually see where he's coming from. He, I believe, is just saying what most people are thinking and is being pilloried for it. Don't get me wrong I'm far from being a fan of Boris's {or any politician for that matter} but I believe he has a point.

First of all the "letter box" and "bank robber" remarks are not aimed at the burka {as reported in the media} I believe he is referring to, or SHOULD be referring to, women wearing the niqab. Although both closely resemble one another the burka covers the eyes with a mesh type cloth that the ladies look, or more likely squint, through, the niqab leaves the eyes uncovered. If I were to walk into a bank or say air terminal wearing a crash helmet and I refused to take it off how far do you think I'd get, yet this is no different, apart from the fact they seem to be under protection from a religious point of view so therefore they are more or less untouchable. A couple of years ago I was at traffic lights in Derby and a school of motoring car came out of a side street and passed me, the "learner" was wearing a niqab and I watched as she negotiated that tight turn, talk about tunnel vision you could see she had limited vision to see anything so had to keep turning her head, her peripheral vision would be almost nil so god help anyone in her blind spot. 

These woman I suspect would dearly love to stroll about in western clothes if given the chance but most say I dress like this for my religion but I think they are still in a society were the men make [all] the decisions and this could be seen as being oppressed.
To be honest, I completely agree with everything you've said. It's a shame integration is seen as "not available" for these women in a western civilization. I'm a firm believer that you live by the country's law that you live in. Yet we seem to be firmly in favour of the "I'm offended" crew. Free speech and opinions should'nt be castigated for no reason. Fair enough - it's Boris and he maybe should have thought better before opening his mouth - but that's his problem now!

General Discussion / Re: "Derisory" sentences
« on: August 04, 2018, 09:05:14 PM »
All DCC employees I.e. paid for by you & I out of council tax. Or are the Beetwell st private & therefore subject to different terms of physical engagement to the regular police?

General Discussion / Re: is this what brexit means
« on: August 04, 2018, 08:16:22 PM »
As a leave voter I'm very much disappointed at the way the Theresa May Government have approached Brexit. They have capitulated to every "plan" from the EU negotiations subsequently rebuked.
All I would say is don't believe everything you read or see on media outlets.
Both sides of the Brexit argument have been guilty of overstating what will happen - and continue to do so!
Let's see what happens - I feel further complications ahead and delays.
Eu will do everything they can to block our leaving because we contribute so much - as I see it.

General Discussion / Re: Going to the barbers/hairdressers
« on: August 04, 2018, 08:02:44 PM »
As a long time baldy, my son (he isn't baldy - bucking the family male trend) whips the shaver over my bonce every so often - in fact it's ready now!

Chesterfield Discussion / Re: car window warnings hypocrisy
« on: August 04, 2018, 07:58:19 PM »
free advertising - hubby and I  flatly refuse to buy clothing with lettering on
Guess I'll ditch my £50 Fred Perry then....I didn't buy it though :P

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