Many observant ground transport passengers must have noticed one interesting feature. Bus drivers are usually men, while women dominate the cabins of trolley buses and trams. But what could be the reason for this gender bias? Let’s figure it out.
According to one of the stereotypes, it is believed that women cannot control complex technical devices. They say that driving a bus requires much more skills than driving an electric vehicle, because women prefer the latter.
However, this is most likely the opinion of those who have never driven either a trolley bus or a tram. But the management of electric transport is associated with a whole bunch of its own specific nuances, and the rules of traffic rules there must be known and followed in exactly the same volume as bus drivers.
There may be several real reasons for the gender superiority of female drivers in electric vehicles. Historically, trams and trolleybuses dominated public transport in the USSR for some time, until about the mid-50s. And initially, almost everything was ruled by men.
However, during the Great Patriotic War, many of them went to the front and did not return, which is why women had to take on this function. After the war, the tradition was preserved, but the men began to get the buses that appeared in large numbers.
The second reason, perhaps, lies in the fact that until recently the breakdown of a broken bus was partly the responsibility of the driver, while in the event of a serious breakdown of an electric vehicle, a team of repairmen is usually called in, arriving within a few minutes.
The third reason is probably that category D is needed to drive a bus, which can only be obtained after passenger B and cargo C. At the same time, to control electric transport, especially trams, separate “crusts” are needed, on which a separate, unrelated with driving license training.
Since, historically, getting a truck driver’s category is still a male prerogative, it is easier for them to get a bus license. Be that as it may, the gender balance in public transport driving has been leveled lately. More and more trolleybuses and trams are run by men, more and more buses by women. So the future is for equality.