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Conductors back on the buses

BUS conductors will be back at work on routes connecting to the World Expo site to help improve service and safety.

This is a government response to some local lawmakers' calls to increase the number of conductors on buses, today's Oriental Morning Post reported.

About one third of the city's 16,600 buses have conductors, mainly on routes in the city's suburbs or those priced according to the distance of the ride.

The other buses have no conductors and the fares are 2 yuan (29 US cents) for any distance on air-conditioned buses and 1 yuan for non-air-conditioned buses.

The traffic authority will put conductors on all tourist bus routes and buses that cover airports, railway stations and ports.

The extra conductors scheme will also help create jobs.

All new buses going into service this month have to be equipped with security video cameras. The Shanghai Transport and Port Authority said this is to improve safety measures in the wake of last Friday's bus blaze in Chengdu which killed 27 people.

As well as the emergency hammers on each bus, every driver and conductor will have to carry emergency equipment.

A safety check on local public transport will begin tomorrow.


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