九份算什麼? 日本公車車神在「這裡」| Jiufen’s skilled bus drivers, a thriller for Japanese visitors

Jiufen’s skilled bus drivers, a thriller for Japanese visitors
Jiufen’s skilled bus drivers, a thriller for Japanese visitors

【看英文中國郵報學英文】公車是台灣人民最常使用的大眾交通之一,而日本也不例外。日本有一名網友說道,位於關東地區日光市的霜降高原,有一名公車司機開下坡山路,完全沒有減速,眼看快撞上山壁又快速轉動方向盤,開公車開得出神入化。

Busses are one of Taiwan’s most common modes of getting around, and Japan’s no different. Stories circle the internet about a bus driver with god-like skills who goes rushing down the roads of the Kirifuri Highlands in Nikko, Japan. Without reducing his speed at all, he somehow avoids crashing into the mountain slopes with expert control of the steering wheel.

此地是開往觀光溫泉的必經路線,單行山道非常偏僻,人煙稀少,且司機對地形瞭若指掌,方向盤打幾圈都記得一清二楚,神乎其技的開車技術也被網友給錄下來。

The area is isolated and practically uninhabited, and its single-lane roads are the only way to the hot springs. However, the bus driver knows the land and turns the wheel at the drop of a hat almost instinctively, mesmerizing passengers who have also recorded the driver.  

除了在日本之外,台灣也有這樣的山路車神,而且還嚇死日本觀光客,讓日觀光客直呼「這跟日本真的差太多了。」台灣公車車神出現在九份,離開九份老街的連續下坡彎道,總是讓公車上的人摔得東倒西歪,一不小心沒抓好就會摔倒。

Taiwan also has such speedy bus drivers, but shocked Japanese tourists argue that these are something else entirely. Found in Jiufen, they begin rocketing down the winding road after having left the narrow streets of Jiufen’s old town. The ride becomes a constant tussle with gravity, swaying side to side, so passengers better not forget to hold on to something.

九份算什麼? 日本公車車神在「這裡」| Jiufen’s skilled bus drivers, a thriller for Japanese visitors
九份算什麼? 日本公車車神在「這裡」| Jiufen’s skilled bus drivers, a thriller for Japanese visitors

這樣的經驗讓日本人直呼「台灣公車很危險」,也提到許多公車司機還沒停好就有乘客站起來準備下車,甚至最後一個乘客上車還未坐好,司機就馬上發動不顧乘客安危。

This prompts many Japanese visitors to claim that Taiwanese bus drivers are very dangerous, adding that they often don’t even wait for passengers to sit down or get off the bus.

另一方面,許多台灣網友對此解釋道:「台灣公車司機排班都排很緊,所以常常趕時間」、「公車司機素質良莠不齊,很多亂開的」

Taiwanese netizens explained that because their bus drivers schedule is very tight, they tend to be in a hurry, but added that they have their merits, even if some drive a little wildly.

九份算什麼? 日本公車車神在「這裡」| Jiufen’s skilled bus drivers, a thriller for Japanese visitors
九份算什麼? 日本公車車神在「這裡」| Jiufen’s skilled bus drivers, a thriller for Japanese visitors

不管是在台灣還是日本,都有讓乘客感到「害怕」的司機,然而,司機的平均素質還是會有所差異,最重要的還是要顧及乘客的安全,把風險降到最低。

Whether in Taiwan or Japan, many passengers feel threatened by their bus driver’s performance. And even though behaviors may vary wildly among bus drivers, passenger safety should always be the highest priority, reducing risk to a minimum.