Many buses, most trams and some trains have most or all of their passenger windows covered with a perforated plastic film which has an advertisement printed on the outside. The plastic seems to be increasing; what lies ahead? Someone coined the name "skinned" for wrapped buses and trains.
Unfortunately, the perforations fill with water in wet weather and become little lenses preventing the passengers from seeing out through the window. As a result, passengers can't see the surroundings, don't know where the bus is and might even miss their stops. Yet the official attitude of Transport for NSW under minister Andrew Constance is to deny the problem.
Ban buswrap! Advertising that obstructs passengers' views should not be allowed. This issue is quite distinct from the nature of the subject being advertised.
We were amused to see that the then Premier's 2015 election bus was fully wrapped - Learn more ... Did Mr Baird notice the loss of vision in the rain? [Mr Baird's bus was tagged by graffitists - see our graffiti page. The corresponding Labor bus was untouched.]
It was announced in September 2017 that Melbourne is banning wrap advertising on its tram fleet. Learn more....
It was announced in January 2018 that windows on Nottingham City Transport's bus fleet would henceforth be free of advertisements. Learn more...
The second batch of Waratah trains (the B sets) due to commence service in 2018 are fitted with internal video screens that are capable of screening paid advertising. Of course they can and will be used for passenger information such as the next few stops. However it would be reprehensible of the authorities to exploit the screens for advertising.