Children are being forced to sit quiet on the way to school, with a number of “silent buses” introduced.
Duffy’s City Buses, which operate in Bundaberg, QLD, started the policy last month with owner Chris Duffy saying, “extreme noise affects a driver’s ability to concentrate effectively.”
“Unfortunately, there is no middle ground between silence and extremely excessive noise on a couple of school runs,” he said, the News Mail reported.
Warning signs have been displayed, “This bus is now a ‘silent bus.’ This means you cannot make any sounds whilst travelling on this service – no exceptions,” the sign reads.
“This rule will now be enforced at all times – no exceptions.”
An Education Department spokeswoman said the policy is to stop putting “students or members of the public at risk,” reports 7 news.
“The department does not condone any behaviour or activity that puts another student or member of the public at risk,” she said.
The department said if children do not follow the “silent” rule, their parents will be issued a warning letter.
My mum was the bus driver when I was in primary school. It can certainly get pretty loud and rowdy on the bus.
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