|When I started
on Hants & Dorset employees
and their wives (but not husbands)
were issued with a quarter-fare
pass after three months service.
Up to two children could travel
with them at the same fare. Travel
to and from work was free if you
were in uniform but only on the
|We could also
apply for a limited number of
free passes for one day at a time.
There were restrictions on both
quarter fares and free passes,
particularly that we couldn't
take advantage of them on bank
holiday weekends.We were not supposed
to travel free or at reduced rate
within Southampton or Bournemouth.
were largely ignored, often no
fare at all would be collected.
And nobody charged any driver
or conductor in uniform no matter
who they worked for or what bus
they were on. Although the companies
were rivals, the crews were all
on the same side.
were always keen to catch us but
seldom did. The penalty if caught
was for the passenger to have
their pass withdrawn and the conductor
to be disciplined. The solution
was to keep an eye open for inspectors
and quickly issue a ticket.
the quarter fare and free passes
were dropped and travel became
free for staff and wives but it
took a while for husbands to be
included and it would be many
years before other partners were
| Rules 75 to
78 set out the regulations for
of working on the buses was being
picked up and dropped off between
stops. The driver would slow but
not stop. I quickly got used to
getting on open platform buses
and getting off was not too difficult
but I never liked jumping on buses
with doors, particularly when
the doors were at the front.