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Strætó Reports 3,493 Passenger Complaints in 2023

Last year, 3,493 complaints were filed against Strætó buses, averaging almost ten per day. Most were related to driver behaviour and bus conditions.

Drivers using smartphones among the complaints

A total of 3,493 complaints were filed against Strætó buses last year, averaging nearly ten per day, according to a summary presented at the company’s board meeting this March, reports.

Most complaints were due to driver behaviour and driving conditions, such as buses not stopping at stops, arriving too early, too late, or not at all. Additionally, there were complaints about buses not waiting for passengers, drivers using smartphones, and the condition of the buses being subpar. A total of 17 accidents involving passengers were recorded last year, with a total of 152 damages to buses.

Jóhannes S. Rúnarsson, Strætó’s director, told Morgunblaðið that there are around 600,000 bus trips per year, which means that complaints are made about less than 1% of these trips.

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