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Minibus driver

Minibus driver

Here where I live, minibus is a very common mode of public transportation. Some are plain looking like this one, while others are highly decorated, known as jeepneys. I am still trying to get nice clear shot of one of those.

Excuse my language, but they drive like s*** and it can be a pain in the a** sharing the road with them, as they do not have designated stopping area, so they CAN and they WILL stop wherever and whenever they want, even in the middle of the road. In my view, there are only 3 factors who know when a jeepney will stop, or turn : the driver, the jeepney itself, and God, if you believe in one.

Oh, what ironic is, they always have a sign printed at the back of the car : How’s my driving? Please call ########! Even my 8 year old can make a joke, “Let’s call the number and say, your driving sucks!”

What attracts my attention is how the multi tasking jeepney driver handles the driving, the watching out of traffic situation and stopping when he sees prospective passengers, stopping when passengers give sign to alight, receiving payment, as well as giving change for fare. Some has assistant, who handles the “marketing” and “finance” side, while others, such as this one on the picture, is a one man show. Come to think of it, maybe that’s why they can’t drive properly, they are doing too many things at the same time.

Note how he holds the money. Isn’t it something? 🙂

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All were shot with Canon 50D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L