WANTED: Lady Driver

@neildc (17227)
Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
March 22, 2011 1:38am CST
Hiya myLotters! While driving home for lunch today, I noticed a big sign board along the street which says: Wanted: Lady Driver It really don't have something to do with the sign but it's stuck in my head and made me think of this: How is a Lady Driver of a public transportation? I saw it on TV and heard it from the news, women working in the streets, looking for decent jobs which are dominated by men. Taxi cab, jeepney, pedicab, or tricycle, driven by a woman. And now comes, the latest that I heard, public utility buses in the metro. Let's talk about your experience with a lady driver of a public utility vehicle. I personally have not yet experienced riding one with a lady driver, how about you? ~~ NEIL™ ~~
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
22 Mar 11
Goodness me you need to visit Europe or North America Neil. Every other bus is driven by a woman and they do it very well. Generally speaking women are statistically safer drivers than men and I wouldn't think twice about getting on any form of public transport driven by a female. I have been flown by female pilots too. I am still here so they must have done something right!
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@neildc (17227)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
22 Mar 11
yeah, i also agree with that, they are safer drivers than men. but still, i have not experienced a lady driving for me. i should really be in your place to experience a lot.
@neildc (17227)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
23 Mar 11
hiya Alice. everything? really?
• United States
23 Mar 11
I was in elementary school when I had a female school bus driver, and that was back in the 50s and 60s. And I think I rode with a female public transportation driver for the first time in the 70s. They are safer drivers. We all are.
@jaiho2009 (39079)
• Philippines
22 Mar 11
hello neil, Then why you did not asks me to drive the last we were together and have dinner with rbron and bhabycatch? afraid of dying young?
@neildc (17227)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
22 Mar 11
you're too fast on this, sister. i have experienced with lady drivers with private vehicles. even my wife driven my motorcycle when we roamed the southern part of cebu. but with public utilities, i have not tried it yet. the last time when it's your son who was behind the wheels. if only you know how i feels that time.
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@jaiho2009 (39079)
• Philippines
22 Mar 11
hehehehhe.... he is a better driver than i am...(without the license)hahaha
@neildc (17227)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
22 Mar 11
i only i had my license that time, i won't let him drive. do you remember the side mirror at the passenger seat which almost wrecked by the naughty austin, hitting the post where we parked?
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@celticeagle (112880)
• Boise, Idaho
22 Mar 11
I have ridden on buses where there was a female driver. I would hope any woman thinking about answering that sign would think twice. You know there was just a pathetic guy out trying to move a couch that ended up being Jame Jumb and got that college student in all kinds of trouble in Silencing of the Lamb.
@neildc (17227)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
23 Mar 11
sorry celtic, i didn't get it. why you said she would think twice about that sign? Jame Jumb?
@sid556 (31018)
• United States
23 Mar 11
I actually didn't either. I think I was thinking the opposite of you....maybe it was a woman that was looking for a woman driver because some women are uncomfortable with a male driver especially alone in a taxi.
@neildc (17227)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
23 Mar 11
they think it's much safer to be alone in a taxi if the driver is also a woman? especially at night time?
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@rsa101 (13337)
• Philippines
22 Mar 11
Well if that will make our roads safe, then why not. I already am aware of this but I thought this was just a proposal I guess they decided to give it a try. Now, male drivers have some competition again with their careers. I guess this will also make them tame down now that they are threatened to be replaced by lady drivers now.
@neildc (17227)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
22 Mar 11
i don't think this will be a threat for men drivers. what i am concerned now is, MMDA will give lighter penalties or something if they found violating the road rules?
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@rsa101 (13337)
• Philippines
22 Mar 11
Well they should not have lighter penalties in this case since the rules should apply to all no matter what gender the driver is. This will just breed anew set of abusive drivers if they will be given special treatment when they err.
@neildc (17227)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
23 Mar 11
that's what i learned from this article. http://www.thepoc.net/breaking-news/breaking-stories/10882-mmda-welcomes-aspiring-lady-bus-drivers.html
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@zweeb82 (5745)
• Malaysia
22 Mar 11
Hmm...come to think of it...it's been umpteen years since I've got on any public transport. Can't really recall any lady drivers, only lady conductors on public buses.
@neildc (17227)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
23 Mar 11
i see lady conductors too even in buses flying or operating in the provinces.
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@zweeb82 (5745)
• Malaysia
23 Mar 11
Flying?! Wow!~ I didn't know buses from your side had wings, haha!~More than meets the eye, they must have really inhabited this earth for so long, haha!~
@neildc (17227)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
23 Mar 11
flying here means operating a certain route. i also wonder why this word is being used here, i could not even see the reason and they really don't have wings.
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• Philippines
22 Mar 11
I haven't experience riding on a jeep or a cab with a girl driver before. I wouldn't know how it goes but I'm guessing, quite the same. Well, this just proves as an example of less job opportunities here in our country. When I was applying for a call center, I even talked to someone who used to sell fish in the wet market. She said she studied the american accent just to have a decent job for her family because selling in the wet market just isn't enough for her family.
@neildc (17227)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
22 Mar 11
i also do not want to be branded as woman-hater or something with regards to the kind of jobs they wish to apply for. more jobs for everybody is what we need to help decrease the unemployment and under employment problem we have in our country. if they wish to take the job of what men usually do, it's fine. driving buses, welding, what else?
• Philippines
22 Mar 11
Well, men and women are almost equal now with regards to job opportunities. It could get weird seeing women welding or constructing houses but I think we'll get over it after some time.
@neildc (17227)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
22 Mar 11
i agree, we'll get over this eventually.
@saphrina (31740)
• South Africa
22 Mar 11
Hi sweetie. Here we have women who drive the buses all day. Nothing to it though. We can drive anything men can, you know.
@neildc (17227)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
22 Mar 11
i know it sweetie. i know you women can even do better than men. women even drive men nuts.
@saphrina (31740)
• South Africa
22 Mar 11
Yip, that is one of our best qualities. But men do love that. You cannot argue about that.
@neildc (17227)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
22 Mar 11
you got it sweetie. that's why i love women.
@ybong007 (6659)
• Philippines
23 Mar 11
I use the MRT when I commute along EDSA, there are instances that I prefer to use buses in some occasions but so far I have yet to see the lady drivers. I also use jeepneys in my daily commute and so far I have not seen lady drivers, even in taxis. Personally I see nothing wrong in women behind our public transport vehicles. In my own opinion, they should be given equal opportunity in everything.
@neildc (17227)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
23 Mar 11
that's right ybong, equal rights and opportunity. i just hope they will get the same treatment from the traffic enforcers when they happen to violate the road rules... speaking of taxis, you remember the story of "Sampaguita" who's one of the greatest philippine lady rocker (rakistang pinay, lol)? if i remember well, she happened to be a taxi driver before she gets involved in the music industry.
@ybong007 (6659)
• Philippines
23 Mar 11
Well everyone caught in violation of any policy should be punished regardless of their gender. But in reality, i think traffic enforcers would go easy on the lady drivers, especially if they start telling sob stories and start crying in front of the traffic enforcer . I think a traffic enforcer wouldn't hesitate to give back the driver's license of that lady driver than be put in a situation where he is holding a ticket in front of a crying lady in the middle of a busy street. So far, I have not seen the story of sampaguita, and this is the first time I learned that she used to be a taxi driver but this only shows that women taking the driving profession is not something new.
@neildc (17227)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
23 Mar 11
i think i also seen one story on tv. their bus caught in violation of a road rule and so the bus driver pulled over and got of the bus. the enforcer was about to issue the violation ticket to the driver, so the lady conductor asked for a second chance. bargaining went for minutes, until the lady conductor cried for forgiveness, etc. then the enforcer said, ok, i will give you second chance, but give me your cellphone number. so no ticket was issued, blah blah blah and they lived together after sometimes.
@sid556 (31018)
• United States
22 Mar 11
Hi Neildc, Women are good drivers. Here in the States it used to be that young women got lower insurance rates than men because they tended to be more responsible drivers. I think they changed that now due to discrimination. Still, we have many women bus drivers here and even a number of truck drivers and taxi drivers but those still tend to be dominated by men.
@neildc (17227)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
23 Mar 11
hiya sid. i see that, the jobs still are dominated by men but here, this is still very minimal, as in very uncommon to see women in the public transportation. you can see one or two, you can count them in your fingers.
@sid556 (31018)
• United States
23 Mar 11
I find it so fascinating to learn of our culteral differences!! Women are so independent here for the most part.
@neildc (17227)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
23 Mar 11
independent? well here, it's almost the same with yours. they even started being independent at 12?
22 Mar 11
Hi Neil, I don't have any problem either, we have many lady bus drivers here, also trucks and lorry drivers, they do a good job as well and sometimes I think they drive more careful then men do. We havy many lady cabs/taxi drivers as well. Hugs. Tamara
@neildc (17227)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
23 Mar 11
hiya tamara. i can't see no problem too. it's only that the government make this lady driven city buses some kinda controversial. or they are just too desperate about the traffic problem in the metro? and by the way, i see UK people here mentioning the "lorry". may i know what is this kind? thanks tamara
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23 Mar 11
Hi Neil, well lorries are a type of trucks really and some of them are quite big, we have also one of the those big lorries that transport products to shops, I have seen ladies driving them too. Hugs. Tamara
@neildc (17227)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
23 Mar 11
ah ok, that could be what "dump trucks", "container vans", "cargo vans", "trailer trucks" hauling big steel containers of cargoes, the big trucks? filipino women really has a long way to go, too left behind from UK women.
@Hatley (154637)
• Garden Grove, California
22 Mar 11
hi neildc you haven't ? comed to ther US and you will find half ofall the bus drivers for orang County Transportation are women, We have had women bus drivers here for many years and actually their safety record is better than the guys too. Women here are in all sorts of supposedly mens jobs. paramedics, ambulance drivers I have seen three different women ambulance drivers here and in paramedics too . seems like we women are worining all over the place now.I would safely say women bus drivers have been here in my area for at least thirty years. another thing a lot of the school bus drivers are women too. Tell me as a naive American just what is a jeepney, and pedicab and tricycle in public transportationl I mean my kids had a tricycle but it only held one child.
@neildc (17227)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
23 Mar 11
tricycle - public transportation, motorcycle with side cabin for passengers.
hi patsie. i see a lot of women in the police service, paramedics, drive cars, etc. but i just don't have the experience with the lady bus drivers. the sign also prompted me to think about the proposal of the Metro Manila Development Authority in this article: http://www.thepoc.net/breaking-news/breaking-stories/10882-mmda-welcomes-aspiring-lady-bus-drivers.html meanwhile, here is how tricycle looks like.
@neildc (17227)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
23 Mar 11
pedicab is just the same as the tricycle but only uses the human power, not motorized, as in bicycle only with side cabin. now this is how jeepneys look like.
@neildc (17227)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
23 Mar 11
jeepney - public transport jeepney
sorry, forgot to attach the photo.
@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
22 Mar 11
Where on earth do you live that there aren't women who drive buses? Women drive school buses, & Capitol Metro handicap buses, at least, in Austin, Texas. I don't like buses in general, so I seldom ride, & when I do, I only use the handicap ones. The big Cap Met city buses seem like they'd be about as difficult to drive as a handicap bus, which are somewhat smaller than the city buses. Anyway, I have no idea if women are driving the bigger city buses, but knowing Austin, I'd be astounded if they weren't! Why would women bus drivers be so strange to you? Maggiepie "Obstacles are those frightening things you see when you take you eyes off your goal." ~ Henry James
@neildc (17227)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
22 Mar 11
not actually so strange my friend. only in the Philippines, we are not used to see lady drivers in public transportation especially with buses. and even this government has something to say about the ladies, driving city buses. http://www.thepoc.net/breaking-news/breaking-stories/10882-mmda-welcomes-aspiring-lady-bus-drivers.html
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
22 Mar 11
"Half-baked schemes," eh? LOL! I think that person is in for a shock! Maggiepie "Obstacles are those frightening things you see when you take you eyes off your goal." ~ Henry James
@neildc (17227)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
22 Mar 11
he's "half-baked mind" too, i guess.
@dheckerz (473)
• Philippines
23 Mar 11
I haven't seen a lady driver on a public transportation yet but why not? Like what you said, women nowadays can do what are used to be for men before. I think this already accepted by a lot of people now.
@neildc (17227)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
23 Mar 11
i guess it's time they treat them equally as men also do the jobs nowadays what women dominates.
@Janexiao (173)
• China
23 Mar 11
i think it's really very unfair, it seems like man can do anything, but women can't, when i go to the job market, i saw so many job recruitment notice: this position is only for men.
• Philippines
23 Mar 11
I feel safer with a lady driver, they are more calm and not hot headed. Some also of the male drivers are impolite and impatient, while lady drivers are more polite. It's easier to approach them as well.
@Janexiao (173)
• China
23 Mar 11
i couldn't agree with you more
@flapiz (4160)
• Australia
22 Mar 11
Wow! I've never heard this before. Well it only shows that we are living in a gender fair society already. I hope this will empower women to try things that they thought are impossible and boost their self confidence.
@neildc (17227)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
23 Mar 11
i think i heard it first on the news. i found this one while commenting with to the other responses. http://www.thepoc.net/breaking-news/breaking-stories/10882-mmda-welcomes-aspiring-lady-bus-drivers.html
@nangisha (3504)
• Indonesia
22 Mar 11
Hi Neildc!. I think its still uncommon but we already had a lady driver here. Some had courage to become inter province truck driver which from my eye is really brave act. There is a story a widow become truck driver to support his family. I think this day gender bias happen in field of work. Every one can work as they wish as long they understand the consequence. I have not used public transportation thats driven by a woman because in my city we have not got this lady driver at least I have not seen one.
@neildc (17227)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
23 Mar 11
hiya nangisha. you can also say that lady drivers are very uncommon with the public transportation here. we can see women in private vehicles but like i said, very uncommon in public utility vehicles. the most common story behind most of the uncommon women doing this kind of job that is dominated by men for a long time is the ability of the man in their family to work. just like one i saw in TV, where her husband got sick and got disabled. so instead of doing nothing, she was the one took the cab to support the family.
@thesids (22455)
• Bhubaneswar, India
22 Mar 11
Hi neildc I read recently here in the newspapers that this summer we are going to have state (government owned cabs) which will have female drivers. They would be air conditioned cabs though. I think it is really a great step ahead. I am not sure about other parts of the country but we had seen a few lady cab drivers in some movie a few years back... And why not, if women can fly planes, drive railway engines, be in the air force, army, why not the local transport... It is surely a welcome news for me at least... The only issue... sometimes things might go bad and I think laws would be made to ensure their safety too
@neildc (17227)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
23 Mar 11
hiya sids. yes i agree, it's about time we stop this sort of discrimination for the job seekers. i mean, men usually dominates those kinds of jobs but for goodness' sake, they are humans too, flesh and blood. i guess it's with the employers' thinking only that they mostly prefer men doing their business.
@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
22 Mar 11
In Australia we have many women who drive taxis, buses etc. in fact I believe there are women flying planes these days. It is not unusual in my country for women to do jobs that used to be dominated by men. We have women mechanics, plumbers and electricians…The sky is the limit for females here nowadays!
@neildc (17227)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
22 Mar 11
i heard it too, lady pilots. and i remember in school, we have a lady student of automotive technology which eventually found her way to be an aircraft mechanic.
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• Philippines
22 Mar 11
I never had experience riding a public utility vehicle with a lady driver but, if our society will be open in accepting women as lady drivers, why not? Women are very careful especially when it comes to driving. I'm not saying that men are not careful. It's just so happen that I noticed my girl friends who drive their own cars are very careful with their driving when I take a ride with them. Men drivers for me are still fine. If you're in a hurry, you would want to ride in a fast vehicle and men are more confident to drive faster than with women.
@neildc (17227)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
22 Mar 11
i agree that women are much safer drivers than men, i experienced that with some of my friends driving their own cars. but not with a public transportation. i guess this is the reason why the MMDA has in proposing for lady drivers in the city buses.
@ellie333 (21029)
22 Mar 11
Hi Neildc, Here in the UK we have female drivers of all sorts of vehicles, trains, buses, taxis, coaches, lorries and they can do this job as well if not better in some case than a man. A lone female going home at night would sometimes prefer a female taxi driver, so it works really well here. Huggles. Ellie :D
@neildc (17227)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
22 Mar 11
i heard about that too from p1key, female bus drivers. for me it's really not an issue whether a man or a woman behind the wheels, it's the safety of the passengers that is more important.