Thursday 13 May 2004 11.57am
In my experience (as a scooterist), bus drivers are generally more aware of other road users than car drivers. On a typical journey of 13 miles across London, cars generally pull out/across and cut me up three or four times. Either they like bullying smaller traffic, or they're just not looking (or concentrating too hard on not spilling their coffee or dropping their mobile phone). On the same journey, it's very unusual for a bus to do this, and more oftern than not buses hold back for the second that you need to get out of their way safely when they want to pull out.
Oh, and bus drivers are the only people with the basic politeness to raise a hand in thanks when you stop to let them out.
...there's plenty more c**** in the cup.