Does Yarra Trams think we’re all nine feet tall?

Some people do need reminding that you should let people off before barging on yourself, so it makes sense to put some reminders on the trams.
"Please wait for exiting passengers" - Yarra Trams sticker

Unfortunately they’re so high up that few people are likely to even notice them.
"Please wait for exiting passengers" - Yarra Trams sticker

From the looks of it they’ve been placed to be adjacent the internal “rhino” stickers encouraging people to take care when alighting. Perhaps that’s to reduce the clutter on the doors, and maximise visibility when looking out, but it does mean a lot of people won’t spot them.

Happily, on the low-floor trams they’re lower down, and can be seen (particularly when boarding at a platform stop).

Standing up for passengers

In a crowded train the other day (caused by a cancellation), both I and another bloke got up at the same time to offer an old lady senior citizen of the female persuasion a seat. He caught her eye first, but as it happens another lady in need of a seat got on at the next station.

It seems to me there is general acceptance that offering a seat to the elderly is the right thing to do. (Though a third lady was apparently unnoticed by others nearby to her.)

Pregnant women or people on crutches or who otherwise are likely to have problems standing are other obvious contenders who should get a seat, and I’ve certainly seen it happen (last week two pregnant ladies, friends, got offered two seats on the train I was on), though letters into MX would suggest it’s not 100%. It’s worth noting that it is in fact legislated:

A person with special needs or another person on that person’s behalf or an authorised person (conduct) may request an occupant to vacate his or her seat to enable it to be occupied by the person with special needs. It goes on to clarify that it’s referring to a seat that has been designated as a seat for use by a person with special needs.

Crowded train, Frankston line (due to delays)

It also mentions that special needs refers to: a person who, because of age, disability, illness or pregnancy has a special need to travel in a seat.

It doesn’t appear that, these days, men will generally offer their seats to a lady who is of a similar age and has no particular need to sit. But then I’m not sure I recall that was ever the case.

There is a widespread belief that students are legally required to give up their seats to adult passengers. Back in the day, there was that condition for holders of a Student Pass, and this was actually specified on the ticket. It isn’t anymore, not since the replacement of paper tickets with Metcards about 12 years ago.

I assumed that meant the requirement is no longer there, though looking through the legislation, it includes:

An authorised person (conduct) may request a primary or secondary school student who is using a concession ticket to vacate a seat on a rail vehicle or a road vehicle to enable the seat to be occupied by a person other than a primary or secondary school student if there are no empty seats on the vehicle to which the person has reasonable access.

Interesting — unlike for people with special needs, it’s limited to a request from “authorised persons”, eg staff, police, Authorised Officers, so it’s not as though any punter can order a student to stand up for them.

Of course, it’d be a lot easier to stand if more trains had handles all the way along to hang onto.

Update: The rules have changed a bit. The new legislation is here.

Walking etiquette

I hope my kids don’t feel offended when I point out good etiquette to them. I think they probably know it all by now, but sometimes I’ll point it out just to remind them, and sometimes I’ll point it out/affirm their actions a little louder than usual so that others in the vicinity can get the hint — for instance on the escalators at stations: “That’s it boys, stand on the left.”

Narrow footpath, and truck with amusing number plate

Little Lonsdale Street has busy but narrow footpaths. Something I’ve noticed is that some people haven’t figured out that when walking with someone else, it’s rude to take up the whole footpath when you encounter a person coming the other way.

Generally when faced with this, I’ll just stop dead on the left hand side of the path, rather than acquiesce and step aside onto the road. (Well why should I?) They usually take a hint then and grudgingly fall into single file.

(Not as bad: walking slowly 2+ abreast, filling up a footpath, oblivious of others in a hurry trying to overtake you. Still inconsiderate though.)

It’s just not that hard

It’s just not that hard to stub out that cigarette when you get rid of it, rather than chucking it on the ground.

It’s just not that hard to look at the lights outside the lift when it arrives. If the top light is on, it’s going up. If the bottom light is on, it’s going down.

It’s just not that hard to leave a message on the voicemail when you ring, rather than making me guess who it was.

It’s just not that hard to look and see if the dome light on the taxi is lit up before waving frantically at it.

It’s just not that hard to switch off the phone diversion when you move into my old desk, so I don’t get your calls. Especially when I left a PostIt note mentioning I’d done it.

It’s just not that hard to use your indicator.

It’s just not that hard to put your litter in a bin.

It’s just not that hard to stand aside to prevent delaying others if you’re going nowhere.