Appropriate Behaviour for a Safe Ride
In general, public transportation is a very safe way to travel. It is even safer if passengers follow a few simple rules in their behaviour. Here you will learn what to look after while travelling by bus or train and which behaviour leads to a prevention of dangerous situations.
Usage of Seats
Even if you prefer to stay close to your friends while travelling: The safest place in the bus / train is the seat. If there are any seats free, you should make use of them. An additional advantage ist that passengers getting in or out do not have to push through crowded buses. Consequently, it is not allowed to keep seats free for friends or occupy them with bags. Ideally, you get off the seat when the bus stops at the bus stop or train station.
Usage of Standing Room
Especially while travelling by bus, large forces can occure in curves and during braking. In order not to get hurt in such situations it is important to have a safe grip while standing when all seats are occupied. A safe grip is also characterized by taking bags off the back and putting them on the floor between the legs so that other passengers are able to get in and out the bus. For the same reason it is not allowed to use the areas in front of doors as standing room. Besides, it is not allowed to lean against the doors.
Transportation of Bags or Luggage
It is not allowed to put bags or luggage on seats or in the middle of the corridor. Bags that are occupying seats prevent other passengers to make use of the free space. During a sharp slowdown they slip through the bus and cause dangerous situations for other passengers. Passengers sitting on seats either put their bags on the ground or put them on their lap. Passengers standing in the corridor put their bags or luggage on the floor between their legs. Consequently no one will be bothered while getting in or out and during sharp slowdowns they will be safe too. While travelling by train the luggage dump should be used in order to travel safe as well.
Transportation of Other Things
For bicycles, prams, wheelchairs and similar devices the marked areas in public transportation have to be used. They have to be backed up at all times while travelling. Marked areas have to be kept free at all times so that they can be made use of when needed.
Bicycles, roller skates, inline skates and skateboards are not allowed to be used in public transportation, at bus and train stations or public buildings.
Transportation of Animals
Dogs are only allowed to be carried under the supervision of a person suitable for this purpose. Furthermore, they have to be carried on a leash. Dogs that may be dangerous for other passengers have to wear a muzzle. Guide dogs accompanying disabled people are allowed at all times. In general, animals are not allowed to be placed on seats.
Some passengers would like to stand together with their friends or stand after a long day of sitting at school or at work. Please be so kind as to explain them why it is important to make use of free seats or have a safe grip while standing. If the bus brakes abruptly, this may lead to dangerous situations where people may hurt theirselves. For this reason, it is also essential to store bags and luggage correctly.
Find more information on "Appropriate Behaviour for a Safe Ride" in the Common Terms and Conditions of Transportation VSB, TUTicket and VVR (German) in § 4.