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Argentina: bus drivers sought, no men need apply
阿根廷招募公車司機 請男性止步

Female bus drivers pose with a bus from the Bicentenario line in Vicente Lopez, Buenos Aires on March 29.

Photo: AFP/Prensa MVL/Juan Quiroga

A town near Buenos Aires, leery of the screeching stops and careening turns it says typifies male drivers, has hired exclusively women to shuttle its passengers around.

“With women driving, the bus line is more family oriented, more friendly,” said Rafaela Nuyl, 34, one of 28 newly hired drivers for the new bus service in Vicente Lopez.

The bus line in the town of 270,000, which has been operating since the beginning of the last month, makes frequent stops at local primary schools, adult day care centers and a maternity hospital, said officials in Vicente Lopez.

They underscored the importance that drivers need to use kid-glove care when chauffeuring sometimes frail or very young passengers around the town.

“As a bus line that transports children and elderly people, we wanted to have drivers who drive in a gentle manner,” said Luis Fusco, the town’s top transportation official.

Officials in Vicente Lopez said the service is free-of-charge, which was conceived as “a public service” for residents.

It is relatively rare in Argentina to see any female bus drivers, let alone a town where women exclusively drive a city’s buses, but Nuyl said her customers don’t appear to have any objections.

“So far, I have not been on the receiving end of any macho behavior,” she told AFP.(AFP)









1. careen v.

搖晃著行駛 (yao2 huang4 zhe5 xing2 shi3)

例: The runaway horses wildly pulled the careening carriage.


2. underscore v.

凸顯 (tu2 xian3)

例: Her comments underscored the government’s commitment to stimulating economic growth in that sector.


3. macho adj.

有男子氣概的 (you3 nan2 zi3 qi4 gai4 de5)

例: In some families fathers exercise power in a very macho way.




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