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International Bus Driver Appreciation Day is celebrated on Monday, 18 March.

This is the day to celebrate and show your appreciation for the bus driver you see each morning, on time, doing his/her rounds and helping, in a very real way, to keep the economy going.

Bus drivers not only have to manoeuvre their precious load through heavy traffic, but are often also faced with adverse road and weather conditions.(© All Rights Reserved)

Bus drivers not only have to manoeuvre their precious load through heavy traffic, but are often also faced with adverse road and weather conditions.
(© All Rights Reserved)

Bus drivers are more than just a part of the traffic system – deftly manoeuvring their extra large vehicles through sometimes heavy traffic, and adverse weather conditions to get loads of commuters to their respective destinations on time. They are a part of the community fabric, giving directions and route suggestions, sometimes making small talk with regular commuters, remembering stop requests.

Dealing with peak traffic on a daily basis, while also having to contend with often people grumpily on their way to work cannot be easy, so why not do your bit to brighten their day with a warm smile and by showing some interest in your bus driver as a real person. And rather than just complaining about inadequate service, how about submitting an official commendation for a job well done, allowing your bus driver to receive formal recognition for his/her hard work.

Go ahead, make their day!

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