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This bus company wants to test Pinoy commuters’ honesty

Its ‘Honesty Bus’ asks passengers to put payment in a fare box

Only honest passengers are welcome. PHOTO FROM G. LINER BUS COMPANY

Can Filipino commuters be trusted to pay their fares honestly (as in put their payment inside an unsupervised fare box)?

Well, at least one bus company is willing to find out by giving it a try. The G. Liner Bus Company, whose vehicles ply the Taytay-Quiapo route, has announced on its Facebook page that it is conducting a trial run of its so-called “Honesty Bus.” This bus, we assume, won’t have a dedicated conductor who will personally receive the fares from the passengers. Instead, it will have a fare box in one corner, and passengers are expected to drop their “exact fare” into it. The post doesn’t say whether the box will be monitored by a CCTV camera or something.

This box will show if we’re trustworthy. PHOTOS FROM G. LINER BUS COMPANY

It’s an admirable concept, to be, um, honest. But can it really work in a country teeming with dishonest individuals? That’s what we’re eager to find out, too. We’re guessing that if the experiment fails, the bus company can just consider the whole thing a marketing expense. In fact, this actually smells like some PR stunt begging to go viral (and we’re falling for it).

So, to those getting on this bus, there’s only one thing to do: BE HONEST. Everyone will be watching you. Make the country proud. Oh, and make sure you already have the exact amount on you so that you won’t have to bother other passengers for loose change.

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist since July 1995. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.