If you have ever been unclear as to which foods are allowed on city-operated buses, it may help to examine the specified provisions regarding food limitations that are soon to be implemented.
Bus operators have the right to refuse passengers carrying foods that may be spill or leak prone during light impact or foods that are unpackaged with the aim of being consumed while on the bus.
※ “Light impact” also refers to accidental spills from foods, which may occur during the simple transport of take-out food or ingredients, and are also subject to be the grounds for refusal.
Objects of prohibition currently include beverages, ice, chicken or other items transported in disposable cups, tteokbokki and other foods transported in a container simultaneously, beverages without lids or canned beverages with straws and plastic bottles containing food. In addition, bus operators may request passengers to get off the bus if caught during consumption.
On the other hand, chicken or pizza packaged in cardboard take-out boxes, plastic bottled beverages with sealable openings, closed can beverages, beverages transported in a sealable tumbler, thermos-packed food and small quantities of vegetables, fish, meats and other ingredients transported in plastic bags purchased at food markets are allowed to be carried on during bus operation.
|Prohibited items||Allowed items|
|▶ Hot drinks, ice and other foods transported in disposable cups
▶ Chicken, tteokbokki and other foods transported in disposable cups
▶ Containers simultaneously transporting foods placed in several disposable cups
▶ Beverages without lids, canned beverages with straws, foods packaged in plastic bottles, etc.
|▶ Chicken, pizza and other foods packaged in cardboard take-out boxes
▶ Beverages in sealed plastic bottles
▶ Foods packaged in unopened cans
▶ Foods packed in sealable tumblers
▶ Thermos-packed food
▶ Vegetables, fish, meats and other ingredients transported in plastic bags
※ Small quantities of ingredients purchased at food markets
The Seoul Metropolitan Government will be officially posting notices inside city-operated buses and at bus stations around the city from the beginning of April to alert the public of the specified provisions while providing training on the subject for bus operators as well.