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Lebanese mini-bus drivers ‘mostly satisfied’ with their jobs, survey finds

Posted on May 1, 2003

Mini-bus drivers in Lebanon are “mostly satisfied” with their jobs, according to a recent survey conducted by The Daily Star, a Lebanese newspaper. The premise of the survey, which included responses from 20 drivers from three categories — private mini-bus drivers, taxi drivers and employed bus drivers — was to determine how to improve the “chaotic” transportation situation caused by increased public and private transport offering cheap fares and fierce competition. The newspaper asked survey participants whether they would consider leaving their present situations to work as employees for a private transportation firm. Ninety-percent of taxi drivers said they would accept, while 100% of mini-bus drivers rejected the offer. Employed bus drivers were split equally between being satisfied and losing independence. According to The Daily Star, taxi drivers find it harder to make a living, whereas mini-bus drivers are mostly satisfied with jobs because they earn more and have steadier routes.

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