Front-seat driver

A woman sits on the bus driver's armrest greeting passengers

Maybe I’m being a bit of a prude, and insufficiently open-minded. And I know it can get boring when you’re driving a bus late at night.

But it just seems somewhat … inappropriate to have someone sitting with you in the driver’s seat as you’re driving the bus. Not only does it look rather unprofessional when people start to board the bus, but I’m pretty sure the people who tested the bus for safety don’t recommend people sit there.

There’s a seat right by the front door, and at this particular moment it’s unoccupied. Maybe you can sit there instead. Don’t worry, your conversation shouldn’t suffer.

UPDATE (Oct. 2): After having a similar experience – this time with children – Gazette reporter Anne Sutherland has written a story about bus driver behaviour, which appeared on Page A3 of Saturday’s paper:

Bus driver story by Anne Sutherland on Page A3 of Saturday's paper

The photo becomes officially my first freelance photo for The Gazette. Of course, had I known that would happen when I took it, I would have tried to make it a lot better (and taken it at a higher resolution).


The story also quotes me briefly about my experience:

Here’s another, I hope, rare example of bad behaviour by bus drivers:

Montreal blog Fagstein posted a photo taken Sept. 17 of a female passenger riding on the armrest of a male driver’s seat.

“This was on the 361 bus at 2:30 in the morning,” said blog author Steve Faguy, who works as a copy editor at The Gazette. “The woman was sitting there the whole time, about 30 minutes. If the guy had to do some kind of emergency manoeuvre, he can’t do it with her on his lap.”

New media is awesome and all, and I work at the Gazette and put together a bunch of pages every day, but there’s still something about seeing a piece of paper with my name on it delivered to over a hundred thousand households that makes me a bit giddy. Running my first photo about a third of a page (I’ve cropped out the ads) on A3 of the Saturday paper ads icing to the cake.

8 thoughts on “Front-seat driver

  1. Stan

    I think that the driver was cold and needed a warm body sitting on him / her to warm up so that he / she could drive the bus without getting in an accident from being too cold.

  2. Embee

    There are some women who seem to be bus driver groupies. I saw one on the 211 once, draped all over the driver with her huge ass blocking the entrance, and when I asked him a question, SHE answered. LOL! Get a life, dear. The story about the kids is unreal! WTF was that woman thinking? ever hear of DAYCARE?


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