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Poll – If You Were A Tour Guide Or Coach Driver Would You Wait For Passengers Who Are Late?

I have been on many tourist bus and coach excursions where drivers have let passengers out with instructions to be back by a certain time. Inevitably, some passengers come back late, sometimes thirty minutes or more late and the drivers have waited for them. Only a few times have I seen drivers actually bold enough to leave late passengers behind and drive off. If I was a driver on such a journey I would also abandon the late-comers. Would you? I might make exceptions for disabled passengers or those with children in their group. Supposing your bus was due to leave at 11pm. Would you leave at 11pm, or wait until 11.30 pm or later? Arthur Chappell #travel Time #tourism #departure

I would leave at the departure time whether everyone was back or not.

1 votes / 7% 1 votes / 7 %

I would wait 510 minutes for stragglers but no longer.

7 votes / 50% 7 votes / 50 %

I would wait as I would ot want to leave passengers marooned

6 votes / 42% 6 votes / 42 %
This poll has received 14 vote(s) so far.

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arthurchappell wrote on January 19, 2015, 6:44 AM

that should read 5 to 10 minutes - not 510 minutes - doh!

mustchoice wrote on January 19, 2015, 6:54 AM

just for a few minutes if they don't arrive then I cannot wait for them

Porcospino wrote on January 19, 2015, 7:31 AM

I would wait 5 or 10 minutes. Many drivers wait for the late-comers. but I think that it is unfair to let the rest of the passengers wait.

Soonerdad3 wrote on January 19, 2015, 7:33 AM

I would wait until everyone that paid to be on the bus was on the bus.

Koalemos wrote on January 19, 2015, 7:39 AM

I would be inclined to wait for a while, but would not wait too long and delay the passengers who have returned at the specified time.

UK_Writer wrote on January 19, 2015, 8:54 AM

I'd want to know where they were, what happened to them. There's less excuse these days of getting lost etc - but it's still possible to have a problem and not be able to return to the coach in a prompt manner. A coach driver would have some moral and legal obligation to ensure nothing bad had happened to one of their passengers I'd have thought. If they were just being rude/lazy and not thinking it was important then they'd need a good talking to, in front of all the other passengers, so everybody knew they'd not be waited for in the future.

VinceSummers wrote on January 19, 2015, 9:58 AM

What! You wouldn't wait 510 minutes? I had to laugh at that one. I would wait for quite some time, but not forever. I suspect "headquarters" would require I move on. I'd let it be their decision.

DWDavisRSL wrote on January 19, 2015, 10:17 AM

It would depend on what the tour companies stated policy was on such matters. If it was in the contract and company policy dictated to leave within a specified number of minutes of the announced departure time, I'd leave. Then again, depending on if the stragglers were female and attractive I might be tempted to wait a bit longer. (Did I just type that out loud?)

Secre wrote on January 19, 2015, 10:56 AM

Depends on the timing really; five to ten minutes yes. Half an hour? Nope!

WordChazer wrote on January 19, 2015, 1:34 PM

Our local bus services don't wait even if you're running down the road waving like a windmill at the driver.

zabelle51 wrote on January 19, 2015, 1:54 PM

I have to wonder if it is company policy in the end that determines whether they stay or go. :)

BodieMor wrote on January 22, 2015, 2:36 AM

Wouldn't want to see someone stranded in a foreign country or unfamiliar place.

valmnz wrote on January 24, 2015, 8:06 PM

I heard a story from a nearby town, a very small town, where the driver placed the passengers luggage on the footpath and drove off after the passenger was more than five minutes late. They have a schedule to keep and it's very rude to hold everyone up.