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The Scramble For Buses With TVs 

By Edwin Ndangoh* — Travellers now have luxury buses to choose from at the Mile 17 Motor Park in Buea, Southwest Region, the choicest being those fitted with aesthetic television sets.

In the said park, where most of the agencies in Buea are positioned, it is already a common episode for passersby to have a glimpse of drivers and passengers stirring their heads from one angle to the other just to have a view of the ambiance on the installed television screens in the top façade of buses.

The situation has become rampant such that passengers often times yell at drivers, to satisfy their desires by playing or switching to the variety of melody or movies they prefer. And in the course of doing so, some drivers are unfocused on the wheels especially when the vans are in motion on highways.

When approached to comment on this phenomenon, Alex Teno, Manager of a bus agency at the Mile 17 Motor Park, said: “We installed TV sets in all our buses because most passengers want to listen to music, watch movies, and pay attention to news”.

Meanwhile, road safety officials have been paying keen attention to this public inclination, as they have cautioned managers of bus agencies of the possible risk involved in this act. The Post learnt that they have urged them to place television sets behind drivers in buses so as to avoid potential threats.

On their part, some passengers told this reporter that they consider the availability of television sets in inter urban buses as hospitalities they cannot afford to lose. Galabe Gina, a business lady in Bamenda, says television sets in inter urban buses signify comfort and relaxation. Others, however, when asked their opinion, said they were indifferent to things like TV sets in buses.

“TV sets in inter urban buses will cause distraction, as the driver can in one point in time be attracted to what is in performance on the TV screen. It can equally stimulate arguments that can divert the driver’s attention on the steering, thus, leading to eventual accident,” says a traveler at the Mile 17 Motor Park, Joseph Azi, residing in Yaounde.

The President of the Mile 17 Motor Park, Emmanuel Ngombi Esow, told The Post that in as much as the setting up of TV sets in inter-urban buses is a find gesture, it is, nevertheless, a threat to human life.

He said managers and drivers of agencies in the Mile 17 Motor Park have been and are still holding meetings to deliberate and seek long lasting solutions to this gist. It should be recalled that television sets are mostly found in 70 sitter buses involved in inter urban transportation, and are mostly watched by travelers during lengthy and strenuous night journeys.

*(National Polytechnic Bambui Journalism Student On Internship)

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