Bus Driver Rams Cars Off Road
A Russian bus driver who was tired of being cut up by sloppy drivers and insurance scammers has hit upon an ingenious solution – ram them off the road.
Alexei Volkov, who works in Zelenograd, a city 23 miles north-west of Moscow, has become an internet celebrity after posting video footage of his smashes with rude and careless drivers.
He is known as ‘The Punisher’ after the ruthless comic vigilante who dispenses brutal justice.
Mr Volkov, by his own admission, has already has had more than one hundred traffic accidents.
Amazingly, he has kept his job despite the number of smashes and his unapologetic attitude and his unorthodox approach attracts a lot of sympathy, reports Red Hot Russia.
He said: ‘If there is no fault of mine, the management doesn’t care. The bus usually gets only minor damage.
If the damage is more serious, they just wait for the insurance payments and then repair it.
For example, in the last accident the front bumper was seriously deformed after I hit a truck weighing three tonnes.’
‘What could I do? Swerve to the left in the oncoming traffic or suddenly brake and maybe injure the passengers?
‘In both cases my licence would be revoked and I’d have some serious problems. While the happy b****** would just leave the scene.
I am not interested in such an outcome. The cops just grin.’
He started recording the smashes in 2007 to defend himself from insurance scam drivers, who sharply cut in and brake in front of other vehicles to cause a smash and then make fraudulent claims.
The Youtube videos show Trabants, Ladas, a van and even an expensive 4×4 fall foul of The Punisher’s wrath after swerving in front of him.
The footage also shows incredulous drivers getting out of their cars to confront him after the shunts.
He has earned another nickname, ‘Teacher of Teachers’.
In Russian slang drivers who try to assert their road rights by intimidating other drivers are called ‘Teachers’.
They often overtake cars and then suddenly brake, because the driver who hits their car from behind is usually found guilty of the collision.
‘It’s still a common misconception that those who hit from behind are always at fault. So, they behave arrogantly,’ the road warrior added.
‘Later it’s funny to watch their painfully pathetic explanations in the office of the analysis group which investigates the accident.’
The driver says his unorthodox driving style helps to ‘educate’ drivers in Russia, widely regarded as some of the worst drivers in the world.
He said: ‘They usually behave in a rude manner. I often see how bus waits with the turn signal switched on for one-two minutes, and these morons still continue squeezing in.
‘However, the situation is gradually improving. Also, it’s partly due to my educational work.’