The first driver-only double-decker bus appears on the streets of Dublin. It is planned to roll out the new buses on all routes over the coming months and years.

The introduction of driver-only buses means the gradual phasing out of the role of the bus conductor. But what does this mean for commuters?

Some passengers believe the new service will slow things down as the driver must now engage in double-jobbing. However, CIE believes that passengers can help to speed things up by having the exact fare thereby reducing the amount of time the driver spends counting out change. An alternative is to buy a 10 journey ticket which comes at a reduced price. 

Some passengers have concerns over passengers travelling with a pram without the assistance of a conductor. 

It's hoped that obliging male passengers will help out doing what the conductor has traditionally done as a courtesy, not part of his job.

The driver only bus is expected to bring benefits to all concerned, passengers availing of discounted fares and drivers getting a hike in basic pay, and CIE and the tax payer enjoying a reduction the company's massive deficit. 

Driver on the 38C route Barney Coleman comments on security issues for the lone driver. Being a karate instructor he is confident that he can handle himself and any rowdy passengers.

An RTÉ News broadcast on 9 March 1986. The reporter is Pat Sweeney.