It’s often been my experience that drivers of large trucks are more professional than those in PSVs (public service vehicles – ones that carry passengers). They are more aware of us, less aggressive and especially much more conciliatory when you talk to them after an ‘incident’. I get the clear impression that they know they’ll be in big trouble from their employers if you escalate a complaint.
Which makes me wonder how we might work through bus companies and other organisations to influence the behaviour of the drivers they employ. Drivers of minibuses and taxis, not to mention smaller vans, may be less constrained by employers than those of large good vehicles and companies that value their public profile. Bus companies should be able to closely manage their drivers, but don’t always seem to.
Do you agree? Are drivers from some types of employer more considerate / less aggressive? Could we show that certain groups of drivers who are more closely managed drive better, and hence put pressure on other organisations (eg. bus companies) to make their drivers perform better around cyclists?