NIGHT buses in Madrid will stop on request for women and under-18s under a new pilot scheme launching next week aimed at guaranteeing their safety.
The idea is to drop off women and youngsters along the route at a safe spot and close to their homes.
The Community of Madrid government said the service will operate on six intercity lines serving the municipalities of Pinto, Valdemoro, Leganes, Fuenlabrada, Parla and Las Rozas.
Women and minors who want to take advantage of the initiative will have to tell the driver where they want to get off in advance and will have to sit in the front part of the bus.
The buses will not just stop any old where. Forks in the road, crossroads, pedestrian crossings, roundabouts and less than five metres from a corner are out for example for safety reasons.
There will also have to be a pavement at least 1.5-metres wide at the requested stop, and if the bus’s wheelchair ramp is needed the driver will explain the conditions so it can be lowered and suggest an alternative stopping point if necessary.
The regional administration said the scheme will initially run for approximately three months, allowing for an evaluation of how well it has worked.