Updated: Nov 12, 2020
A London bus driver, Muhsin Manir (knowns as Moe), has uniquely contributed during the Pandemic. He beautifully played the role of an essential worker and drove buses for frontline and essential workers during the lockdown. Expecting the birth of his first child in June, he ensured to take all precautions and even slept in the spare room to lower any chance of spreading the virus to his pregnant wife.
He did not stop here. Moe created a Facebook group for workers to communicate and connect during the period. The group proved to be really useful with over 4,000 bus drivers. All drivers shared experiences, pictures, and concerns about working environments. The collective effort through the group helped implemented several changes, such as introducing barriers between the driver and the passengers, installing sanitizers at depots, etc.
“One of the biggest victories was when we eventually closed off the front doors. This was not an easy process and met with resistance from Transport for London (TfL), who was concerned about the impact of revenue”, Moe said. After a pilot at one depot, the concept was successful and the bus front doors were made to be shut down from May.
He added, “I think if we didn’t have the Facebook group, I don’t know how we would have communicated. I don’t know any other way a bus driver would have communicated with another bus driver across the road to find out what they’re doing”.
You Humanity pays respect and gratitude to Muhsin Manir for going above and beyond to contribute towards Humanity.
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