Transit officials are today cracking down on “party buses,” otherwise known as coasters, or officially, as public passenger vehicles. It is about time, as there are way too many accidents and fatalities. These buses are generally packed beyond capacity and the drivers careen about with impunity. They are fast and cheap, however, thus the appeal.
Until recently, I was unaware of the phenomenon of “party buses,” which apparently drive around with high school students. These students are shielded by tinted windows and enjoy loud music and whatever activities they want to partake in that would not receive approval from guardians or parents. From today’s article:
“Yes, this is true. We have been getting the reports that these rogue operators are using their vehicles to keep these wild parties and targeting vulnerable students to engage in a number of illegal activities,” Lewis had told the Observer.
He said the seizure of a “party” bus drove home the point that the crackdown on tinted buses is justified.
“The clampdown on buses with tints and sound systems is important, if we are to maintain law and order in the transportation sector,” said Lewis.
So it is indeed about time that authorities bring down the law on these PPVs. I do hope, however, that they don’t take away the loud music. I have grown partial to it, as well as the experience in general. Yes, sometimes it can be extremely trying on the senses when you are packed in, sweating, afraid to look out the window as you barrel down a highly congested street. But overall, I do love the coasters for their efficiency, price and the sensory overload, at least most days. (If you are so inclined, you can read all about my coaster experiences here.)