I have not yet noticed a poster up at DT, but I have been enforcing this rule all the time when i have been out, sometimes passengers get on the bus and stand in this area even when there is room on the bus to stand near the rear door's, considering there are 8000 buses in london, i dont see how they can enforce it, its simular to the mobile phone rule while driving a car, yet you still see drivers on a daily basis using their phone's, police wont bother as its just more paperwork for them.
This is absurd, are car drivers going to get ponts for talking to their passenger next to them? If a bus driver does not have the ability to chat to a passenger and drive safely perhaps he should not be driving a bus. And common sense you look where you going and don't get into in arguments, and conditions are tricky ie busy town you don't talk to them. How many buses have had accidents due to drivers talking to passenger's, very few I would think. More of a problems over crowding at peak time and passengers obstructing the view and refusing to move. a problem on the W19. And the 167 Barkingside to Debden at school times
Sorry, but from a passengers point of view, it is nice to be able to talk to the driver. I once stood on a 174 talking the driver while eyeing up girls ;D
However, regarding the overcrowding issue, it's the passengers that need to use their brains and move around the bus. You get the exact same problem on the trains where people don't think and follow people, or just stand in the way. If all the space was utilised correctly, then there wouldn't be a problem with that.
Also, it seems that Stagecoach devised a good idea with their buses. Every ELBG vehicle (not sure about the E200's and Scania's) has a yellow line at the front of the bus showing the area that passengers cannot stand in
When i worked in london noone would go up the stairs ,downstairs u couldnt move,but when i shouted use upatairs plz they looked at me as if i were mad,so i had to run past passengers. ;D