Sydney bus drivers told not to enforce strict new COVID-19 measures

Sydney’s bus drivers are being told to accept all passengers, even if they’re at capacity, in spite of the Berejiklian government’s new social distancing measures on public transport.

Rabe, Smith (2020-05-19)

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University of Technology transport expert Mathew Hounsell said the government was likely designing its new “cautious” transport strategy to be deliberately prohibitive to force anyone that didn’t have to travel to stay at home.

“I think that might be part of their strategy, and it’s reasonable, sometimes restricting supply for an [oversubscribed] good is a way of getting [people] to do things differently,” Mr Hounsell said.

“You’ll either need five times the buses, or you can only move a fifth of the people. It’s simple math.”

Rabe, Smith (2020-05-19)

I would say the strategy would encourage, induce, or motivate people to change their travel patterns. For example, restricted transport supply would encouraging people to shop locally.

Citation: Rabe, Smith (2020-05-19)

Tom Rabe and Alexandra Smith. 2020-05-19, “‘Carmageddon’: Thousands of Sydneysiders to be pushed off public transport” Sydney Morning Herald, Fairfax Media LtdNine Entertainment Co. Sydney, NSW, https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/sydney-bus-drivers-told-not-to-enforce-strict-new-covid-19-measures-20200518-p54u4f.html

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