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Women make better bus drivers


Summary of story from Philippine Daily Inquirer, 09.1.11.

One way to reduce accidents on the roads would be to put women behind the wheel of public utility buses (PUBs), said the head of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), in the Philippines.

And to backup his point, Francis Tolentino cited the string of accidents involving male drivers since the start of the year.

He said that female PUB drivers should make commuting a lot safer than it is now.

Tolentino plans to course his proposal through the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).  In turn, he expects the LTFRB to encourage operators and owners of public utility vehicles (PUV) to be more open to hiring women drivers.

He pointed out that since most of the leaders of transport groups were women, the ideal situation would be to allot half of the slots for drivers to women ‘or better yet, 100 percent.’

He said:  ‘[women] drivers would give [operators] less headaches because they are more safety-conscious.’

He cited ‘scientific studies conducted recently in the United States’ that indicated that women were less aggressive behind the wheel, more law-abiding and concerned about the condition of the vehicles that they were driving.

‘It’s in the genes of the males who tend to be hot-headed on the road,’ he added.

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