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​Low-floor Public Bus Adds Back Door Divider to Boost Passenger Safety

​Low-floor Public Bus Adds Back Door Divider to Boost Passenger SafetyTaipei’s public bus system sees vast usage on a daily basis. With passengers busily boarding and disembarking at bus stops, the buses have clearly marked “no-standing” zone right next to both the front and back doors to protect the safety of passengers when doors activate. However, despite such precaution, there are still passengers who suffer injury when they reach out to grab their baggage or swipe their EasyCard – and in the way of the activated doors.
 
In light of such danger, the Public Transportation Office (PTO) worked with bus operators to explore possible solutions during the management meetings on August 24 and September 16. The participants reached a conclusion to add dividers to both sides of the back door of all 3,000 low-floor buses serving Taipei City. The work is slated for completion by March of 2022.
 
PTO places a heavy emphasis on passenger safety. In addition to the establishment of “no-standing” zones and installation of dividers at the back door, it also instructed bus operators to install anti-pinch warning system, open door alert sensors, and anti-pinch doors to minimize the chance of accidents.
 
With the exception of 237 medium-sized buses with alternate safety mechanisms and 153 outdated buses which have yet to install such devices, installment of the systems for the remaining 3,177 vehicles comprising Taipei’s public bus fleet have been completed as of May 2021.
 
The agency reminds passengers to pay attention to the placement of their personal belongings before boarding or disembarking to avoid objects such as umbrellas and shoulder straps getting caught by the bus doors. Also, they should take heed of the “no-standing” zones and move to other part of the bus after paying their fare or swiping their card.