Bus driver cares for passengers 金輪獎 公車女駕駛悉心待客

Mon, Oct 26, 2015 - Page 11

The Golden Wheel award ceremony on Oct. 15 praised outstanding bus drivers, taxi drivers, government agency staff and crossing guard volunteers. Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je praised the award winners, saying that, come rain or come shine, they are busy creating a good traffic environment in Taipei and making “the friendly city” a by-name for Taipei.

Fifty-year-old Chung Shing Bus bus driver Hsu Cheng-chi was all smiles as she happily received her award. She said that when she was little and saw bus drivers driving their awe-inspiring buses, she dreamed that she one day would be sitting in the driver’s seat. However, the minimum height required for obtaining a driver’s license was 160cm, so she had to give up on her dream and take a job in a general company.

About 10 years ago, the Taipei City Bus group was established. Anyone who could reach the clutch could apply for a job, and Hsu was finally able to sit in the driver’s seat. Her father, a truck driver for more than 30 years, told her that being a bus driver was hard and thankless work and that drivers had to deal with unreasonable passengers and other road users and that there could be a lot of malicious remarks within the profession. Still, she persisted in her dream, but her father’s warnings were proven right: she was often ridiculed, causing her to be dejected and downcast and she developed health problems and left the profession for a while.

Hsu says that if you encounter problems, it is best not to answer back immediately, adding that “forbearance” is her motto for dealing with life. She says that the joy of driving a bus down the road and making her dream come true while caring for her passengers has expanded her life.

(Liberty Times, Kuo I, Translated by Perry Svensson)