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Women driving buses

A town near Buenos Aires in Argentina, wary 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, one of 28 newly hired drivers for the new bus service.

The bus line which has been operating since the beginning of April makes frequent stops at local primary schools, senior day care centres and a maternity hospital.

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 there is no fare to ride the bus, 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 the city’s buses, but Rafaela Nuyl said her customers don’t appear to have any objections.

“So far, I have not been on the receiving end of any macho behaviour,” she said.

Source: www. afp.com