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Social Benefits for Drivers and Passengers

In this section you will learn about how E-Buses can affect the social structure, and what benefits can the passengers have.
Passengers boarding an electric bus in Uganda.

In this article, we explore the impact of E-Buses on the lives of bus drivers and passengers. Discover how E-Buses provide a quieter, smoother ride and reduce driver fatigue. Moreover, E-Buses enhance the image of transportation companies and contribute to sustainable urban mobility. E-Buses not only improve the working conditions for drivers but also create a more comfortable ridership experience, encouraging greater public transportation usage.

Working as a Bus Driver

The infographic below gives insights into the challenges of bus drivers and other public transport drivers they are facing in their work. Ultimately these are impacting their quality of life and personal health. The main challenges recognized are physical discomfort due to repetitive movements, hearing loss due to noise pollution, risks of suffering road accidents or being exposed to violence, and long working hours. These challenges expose drivers to higher stress levels and impact their mental health.

Inside overview of a bus with only women in it. Women passengers. Bloomberg (2023)

In the next diagram, examples of work conditions and risks for bus drivers are shown.

Diagram showcasing work conditions and risk for bus drivers.Click to expand. Work conditions and Risks for bus drivers. TUMI E-Bus Mission (2022)

Benefits for Drivers and Passengers of Electric Buses

E-Buses offer several benefits for drivers compared to traditional diesel or gasoline-powered buses. Here are some advantages that E-Buses provide to drivers and passengers:

  1. Quieter and smoother ride: E-Buses operate more quietly than their fossil fuel counterparts. This reduces noise pollution inside the bus and creates a quieter and more comfortable environment for both drivers and passengers.
  2. Reduced vibration and less fatigue: E-Buses use electric motors that have fewer moving parts compared to internal combustion engines. As a result, they produce less vibration during operation, reducing driver fatigue and discomfort, especially during long shifts.
  3. Instant torque: E-Buses deliver instant torque, providing better acceleration and responsiveness when compared to conventional buses. This feature can be particularly advantageous in urban settings, where frequent stops and starts are common.
  4. Improved driver image: Operating an E-bus can contribute to a positive image for the driver and the transportation company. Driving an environmentally friendly vehicle can enhance the company’s reputation as an eco-conscious and responsible operator.
  5. Enhanced technology and features: E-Buses often come equipped with advanced technology and features, such as state-of-the-art infotainment systems, real-time route planning, and driver assistance systems. These features can improve the driving experience, making it more engaging and efficient.

A woman driving a bus. Woman driver in Colombia. Yahoo (2023)

Creating Better Working and Ridership Environments

The procurement of new or retrofitting buses provides an opportunity to improve the vehicle design and E-Bus equipment to create more comfortable and safer working environments for drivers and ridership experience for passengers. Have a look at the following link to explore what elements can be considered for improvement: Benefits of electric buses on the quality of life of public transport drivers.

Conclusion

E-Buses offer benefits that can enhance the workers’ experience and encourage passengers to use public transportation more. The perceived benefits of driving an E-Bus for drivers can contribute to improving their quality of life by reducing stress levels and daily physical discomfort caused by driving. A smoother and quieter bus ride and an improved image of E-Buses may increase ridership and support the shift to sustainable urban mobility. In June 2023, a survey conducted in Hanoi, Vietnam from more than 800 university students suggested that most students intend on using E-Buses. If you want to know more about this survey, check the following link.

These positive perceptions will play a crucial role in maintaining the efficiency of public transport.In the upcoming section, we will explore more benefits of using public transportation as a part of promoting inclusivity. It’s all about making everyone feel welcome on board!

References

  • Montes, L., Bernal, V., & Puga Ceballos, E. (2022) Moviliblog. Retrieved from: Link
  • Delgado, J. (2023) Benefits of electric buses on the quality of life of public transport drivers. TUMI. Retrieved from: Link
  • UITP. (2019) The Impact of Electric Buses on Urban Life. Retrieved from: Link
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