Fixed salary for bus drivers?

Philippines
August 24, 2009 6:54pm CST
Yesterday, another road accident killed 40 people and wounded 42 wherein 2 transport buses were involved. According to one bus driver, the other one is fast approaching since the driver wants to go ahead. This case is getting rampant as bus drivers want to make more money from commission. Bus operators are again on the hot seat, and proposal of giving bus drivers a fixed salary is being discussed. Do you think it will be possible, and will these bus drivers and operators agree on a fixed amount? Lastly, do you think this will minimize road accident problems, or the main problem is discipline? Thanks!
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16 responses
@aprces (1082)
• China
25 Aug 09
Road accident is a very common occurrence in Philippine?And driver in Philippine has not the fixed salary?I means they aren't given to a steady rewards for their work,if the salary is not fixed,how to protect their work is fixed too? I think bus driver should be given a piece of fixed salary job.Not like taxi,Actually they are also given a fixed salary after finish their the lowest sum limitation in China,if they want to earn more,they can work overtime.If a fixed salary can protect bus from accident,then people can suspect these drivers make the accident happen that is on purpose.If so,it's hard to promise something when they won't satisfy with the other thing for the second time By the way,The other day,I just went for your weblog,it looks like an American blogger,not a Philippine,I think you have learned a lot from them
• Philippines
26 Aug 09
Thanks for visiting my blog, as well as for thinking that it is an American blog. Actually, the Americans once conquered us but I can say that we learned a lot from them.
@maximax8 (28559)
• United Kingdom
21 Sep 09
I am very sorry to hear about that road accident. I think that bus drivers should be really good at driving. Each bus driver should get a high salary. They have to work shifts. Times of day worked might be early morning, late at night or on the weekend. I hope that the road becomes a safer place to be.
@williamjisir (22903)
• China
15 Sep 09
Hello friend. There have been a lot of traffic accidents on the road or street. It is a shame that those drivers do not pay much attention to careful driving that they cause some deaths of unlucky people. Yeah, sometimes we can see some bus drivers trying overpass the others so that they can get more passengers for their own profit. It is very dangerous if they do so, especially when they are careless. If every driver had a very good sense of safety, it would minimize road accidents.
• Philippines
26 Aug 09
This is an ongoing issue here to make the bus drivers salary fixed and not on commission basis. I would suggest that there can be a fixed salary and a variable income as well, to help our bus drivers make more money but it should be the operator's sacrifice if they would want some extra profit go to their bus drivers, after all without them they can have no business.
@bigplay (212)
• United States
25 Aug 09
I don't think this will minimize bus accidents at all, bus drivers work long hours and they eventually get tired and some may fall asleep at the wheel. I heard about this story and this was terrible, the bus driver should definitely be punished.
@xtedaxcvg (3190)
• Philippines
25 Aug 09
I agree on this one. Bus drivers are speeding up to fetch more passengers to earn more. If their pay is regulated then there's no sense for them to speed up and pick up more passengers. This will however impact the way operators earn money so I believe they would disagree on this one.
• United States
25 Aug 09
This is an interesting question and one that has come up recently because of all the accidents involving bus drivers. I believe the salary should be based on experience along with a background check. I believe the accidents that happen are due to other drivers as well as the neglect of the bus driver. The driver does not want a slow moving bus in front of them, so they try to go around when the bus stops. I believe ALL bus stations should have a "side road" where they can let off passages, pick them up and have enough time to merge back into traffic.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
25 Aug 09
Fixed salary might just work as they get the same amount but then to they need to think of the passengers! DOnt lokok good to getting in to wrecks for more money!
• Philippines
25 Aug 09
I think so , because if they have fixed salary they will not be flying in the street to have more money. Reckless driving will be avoided, less traffic and less accident. Why did not think of it even before. The number of accident on the street are getting bigger in number and many lives have been stake. Give them a fixed salary so that accidents will be minimal, much better if no accident will happen.
@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
25 Aug 09
I think this incident is not just happening in philippines but in malaysia as well.. There are always accidents on their NS expressway, whereby bus drivers are speeding just to fetch more trips to earn more!! THus resulting in many accidents, killing hundreds of ple over the years!! A fixed salary for them will be good though, so that they need not rush, forgetting about safety, just for the sake of money.. ON top of that, if companies decide to do that, bus drivers cant be complaining much either, and if they dun like the arrangements, companies are always ready to hire new drivers.. haha =D
@neildc (17253)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
25 Aug 09
i don't think giving the drivers fixed salary will make a big difference. i know one bus company here in cebu and i heard that their salary is on daily basis, not by commission. the system with their operation is by hour, meaning, they have to leave the terminal every 30 minutes in each of the destinations. they have to leave the terminal on that time, whether the bus is full or not. but, even with that system, the bus company also engaged in some accidents. meaning, there is no difference with the buses in manila or in luzon. the best thing i guess is to discipline them by suspension or other relative penalty and, seminars, again.
• China
25 Aug 09
Well,I think bus drivers should have fixed salary,if they are paid with extra commision,then probably there will be more accidents like this.Well,to make it a win-win result,I think there is still ways that we government,bus companies and bus triver can do.You know bus services is not for personal,it is for the republic and pepople,so the government and bus companies got to work hard on this,I think they can carry out some very effective regulations as how to promote or reward good drives instead of offering the commision,while the drivers will work hard to acheive it.And finally,the republic could really play the role as supervision.
• Philippines
25 Aug 09
They should be disciplined again, again and again?! they have a job to do, i suggest they should constantly take it seriously.these accidents prove that the company lacks screening and training procedures for these drivers which end up getting the passengers into trouble..or into their deaths.it doesn't matter if you give them a million bux, if they get sleepy, or cranky racer, then that's it..even this moment drivers are like that and those who are standing are getting the pain.............
@rsa101 (14897)
• Quezon City, Philippines
25 Aug 09
I think bus operators must screen their drivers very carefully as well. I think because of the scarcity of good bus drivers the operators try their luck on hiring bus drivers that have dubious background. Or maybe if they would resort to hiring a newbie driver they should undergo at least an intensive training for him to be ready for driving as such. I really think that fixed salary would definitely discourage many drivers since that is not the usual practice for bus drivers anymore. It will make it a less attractive career to choose for many. And might just create a shortage for such skilled drivers I think bus operators must invest their money in reforming their erring drivers or weeding them out of the ranks so they avoid this messy accidents that happen on the roads.
@drannhh (15240)
• United States
25 Aug 09
Here the schedules are so right that drivers have to take risks they shouldn't have to take to stay on schedule even though they are on a fixed rate, so I don't know if that is the answer, but something needs to be done to make the drivers and their passengers and other people on the roads all safe!
@jlamela (4909)
• Philippines
25 Aug 09
I think it is not on how the drivers earned from bus operators, it is on their attitude towards driving. Some of the bus drivers I observed lacked discipline. They should be given an intense seminar-workshop about driving and their responsibilities, they should be reminded that they are not on the car racing but they are on the road for a public service. Even if they have given higher salary if their attitude is the same then nothing will happen. When I took a vacation last year in Manila, I was super shocked with the attitude of drivers there. Very far compared to the attitude of drivers here in Davao. In Manila, they seemed always in a race and never considered the lives of their passengers. I really confided to my sister that I will never set foot in Manila because I am afraid of my life, in Davao, life is more relax and peaceful, drivers here are more disciplined even if they only received a meager income, they are more cautious and more responsible on the road. In fact we have no reported vehicular accident here in downtown Davao with respect to jeepneys and buses. So it is an attitude problem and not about earning money.