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Ban cell phone music on JUTC buses

Published:Saturday | January 3, 2015 | 12:00 AM


I recognise that it is the prerogative of our local bus company to determine what behaviour is appropriate on its buses. This is quite fine. I would love, however, for there to be consistency so that there is fairness to all.

As a commuter, I have experienced the preaching of some persons. Some have been rather disturbing indeed while others have provided well-needed encouragement.

Nevertheless, I accept that there are persons who find the preaching under all circumstances disturbing and distasteful. Thus, on the basis of the preaching being disturbing, people have complained, resulting in a banning of preaching on the buses.

Now, since disturbance is an appropriate ground to complain, I would like to make a public complaint about the disturbing music played by both drivers of the buses and other passengers from time to time.

It has been a long day at work and all you simply want to do is have some peace as you travel the distance home.

However, what invades the mental space is some of the worst that dancehall music has to offer; the lewdness and the violence. It is absolutely disgusting at times.

I would prefer to hear a preacher encourage and speak positive words than to be subjected to some of the most vile and inappropriate messages from the music being played from mobile phones. If the driver and other passengers want to listen to their music, that is all right, plug in some earphones and enjoy.

I do not wish to be forced to endure what you are listening to for the next hour. Therefore, let us be fair and include and enforce in our banning music that disturbs other passengers on the bus.

Joseph Collington