Behaving Right at Public Transport

Even if you are in a public transport, it is imperative that you behave right. A video of someone spitting and misbehaving at Woodlands bus interchange last October has gone viral on Facebook. The video shows a man spitting at a woman and getting aggressive. The security staff successfully subdued the man. As for the SMRT management, they reminded the passengers to be polite and that wrong actions will not be tolerated.


There is no book discussing the right behaviour when you are in a public transport. But we all know the value of respect. Respect will keep public transport peaceful and a pleasant experience for everyone. Here are some things that you need to remember when riding a public transport:

  • Do not be too loud. Some people treasure silence. No matter how loud you are, it is imperative that you keep your tone low. If you are talking with someone, as much as possible lower your voices so you will not disturb others especially those who are sleeping.
  • Do not complain when the bus stops. It is understandable if you are in a hurry but what is not understandable is you complain every time the bus stops or every time there are elders slowly moving towards the door. If you do not like that, perhaps it is better if you grab a taxi.
  • Offer your seats to the elderly or pregnant women. The basic etiquette is to offer your seats to the elderly or pregnant women. This is not only for men. If you are a woman and you see elders or pregnant women, it would not do you harm if you offer your seats.
  • Do not invite trouble. Do not get too aggressive and invite trouble. Things are better if you talk with your mouth not with your fist. If you have something to say, say it and avoid getting into troubles. If you repeatedly get into trouble, you will be surprised you are in Facebook or the national television.

These are just simple things that other people ignore sometimes. Remember that all people want to reach their destination in one piece. If you have problems with the system, you should go to the right person.

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