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  1. #1
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    Default Vanpool Passenger Responsiblity to Communicate to Driver

    My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: Michigan

    There was no ticket or police involved in this situation:

    There are 13 adults who volunteer to communte to & from working using a 15 passenger van. 1 passenger ABSOLUTELY refuses to communicate to one of the volunteer drivers and there are occasions when she gets out of the van & then walks directly behind the van to open the cargo door & retrieve her bag. Since she REFUSES to communicate her intention to walk behind the van & open the rear cargo area, there has been 1 or 2 occasions in the past 1 year when the driver begins to drive away & then someone says 'hey' and the driver immediately stops until her bag is removed. Last week when this happened & the driver apologized -- at the end of the day -- the passenger returned to the van and began to talk publicly & loudly in front of a group of 5-6 other members of the vanpool; blaming the driver for being unsafe; absolutely refusing to communicate to let the driver know that she was planning to exit & walk behind the van & open the closed cargo door & get a bag; stated that she was upset & thought the apology was not sincere; and then repeatedly threatened to report the driver to the vanpool company as being unsafe.

    What can be done? -- Are there any laws about walking directly behind a van or opening a closed rear cargo door without informing the driver of the intent? Can a passenger absolutely REFUSE to communicate to a driver about this potentially dangerours situation ? Help is needed with this issue!!

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    Default Re: Vanpool Passenger Responsiblity to Communicate to Driver

    Being rude isn't against the law. I know of no law about having to tell the driver you're going to open the door and since the drivers all know that this is happening, it is incumbent on them to expect it.

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    Default Re: Vanpool Passenger Responsiblity to Communicate to Driver

    If the person is such a problem, what's stopping the other members of the pool from voting the person out of it?

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