The number of passengers on buses and trains has increased again. For this reason, for their own safety and for the safety of other passengers, passengers must wear a mouth and nose cover at the stops and on the buses and trains. The mask requirement only works if everyone adheres to it. In this way we can continue to keep the risk of infection low in solidarity.
Failure to comply with the obligation to wear a mouth and nose cover can be punished by the police and the public order office according to the Corona Ordinance with a fine of 25 to 250 euros.
Passengers are asked to distribute themselves evenly in the vehicle and at stops and not to jostle.
The distance regulation of 1.5 meters defined in the state's Corona regulation for public space does not apply in public transport. In return, you are required to wear a face-to-face mask.
The reason for this is that the minimum distance of 1.5 meters in public transport cannot be maintained on a regular basis. For this reason, the obligation to wear mouth and nose protection (mask requirement) has been enshrined in public transport, i.e. the mask replaces the distance requirement. This obligation applies to children from the age of 6 and must therefore also be observed by all students. The same regulation also applies to secondary schools from grade five and to vocational schools, where there is also an obligation to wear a mouth and nose cover outside of class - on the school grounds and in the school building, for example in the hallways, in the school yard and on toilets. Only where it is possible to form fixed and constant groups of students (usually in the classroom) is there no mask requirement. In this way, the mask replaces the distance requirement in public spaces.
As was the case before the outbreak of the corona pandemic, the transport companies use all available capacities (vehicles, drivers) for the morning traffic peak (rush hour) in order to get all students to the school on time at the start of lessons. For the possible passenger capacity per vehicle, the licensing law still applies, i.e. the bus can be used to capacity according to the specific definition in the vehicle registration. The transport companies are, of course, endeavoring to optimize the vehicle circulation to ensure that this maximum payload is not necessary.
Despite the large use of vehicles and personnel by the companies, it is above all in the winter months there is likely to be a higher utilization of vehicles (buses and trains) at peak times. A substantial improvement in the situation, i.e. An optimized distribution of the students on the available bus capacities could be achieved by a (significant) equalization of the lesson times and thus the student traffic. As a result, the school buses, which today are often only used for one journey in the morning and at noon, could be used several times in a row, which in total could make more passenger seats available for school transport. The Ministry of Transport has been considering this for a long time, i.e. even before the outbreak of the pandemic, and will probably also be seen by the Ministry of Culture. We are not yet aware of any concrete plans for the school.
To what extent the use of additional buses in school transport (coaches) is suitable for cushioning the peaks in school transport, and whether contingents will be created for this remains to be seen in the coming weeks. In principle, not all of the around 200 buses that are used in the Schwäbisch Hall district in the morning to transport schoolchildren can be reinforced by an additional vehicle. If only a few additional vehicles are available, the question quickly arises as to where they can (meaningfully) be used and whether coaches (without long journeys) are even available where the greatest need is.
As far as hygiene is concerned, the transport companies follow the recommendations of the Association of German Transport Companies (VDV). These contain information on the cleaning cycle, the cleaning agents to be used, as well as information on the use of the air conditioning systems and adequate ventilation of the vehicles during operation and at the stops. So please do not be surprised if the doors of the buses and trains at the stops are opened in the increasingly colder months of the year. This serves for better ventilation of the vehicles and thus prevention of the risk of infection.
In addition, passengers are regularly advised of the rules of conduct - and in particular of the obligation to wear mouth and nose protection - via information in the vehicle (pictograms, posters, screen information and / or tape announcement). In addition, in order to achieve a lasting effect, controls and penalties for violations of the mask requirement are useful. These are a matter for the police or the local regulatory authorities. For this purpose, at the beginning of the school year, several focus activities will take place in all the regional districts in the vehicles and at the stops on site. We would, however, wish that this step would not be necessary (too often) and that the appeal to the common sense and personal responsibility of the passengers / students would be sufficient.
Thank you for your understanding and your help in the fight against the further spread of corona infections.
Due to the corona pandemic and the restrictions imposed on personal contact, the RufBus is still subject to restrictions. Because the RufBus is driven almost exclusively by taxis, groups with more than two persons must be excluded until further notice due to the distance rules.
The following regulations apply to the RufBus in the Schwäbisch Hall district:
Thank you for your understanding.