Revival of dept store shuttle busses?
|In the summer of 2001 department stores and retail stores were forbidden to operate shuttle buses, which had been taking customers from residential ares to the shopping facilities. Back then, the basis for the legislation was the effect shuttle buses had on ordinary bus traffic operation, and there was also the idea of assisting the "neighborhood business sphere" (tongne sanggwôn) and traditional marketplaces (chaerae sijang). As so many things, the shuttle bus prohibition had two sides; shopping for many became less convenient, but "small capital" was given some breathing space in regard to "big capital". |
Munhwa Ilbo June 29, 2001. 백화점과 대형할인점 등 유통업체의 셔틀버스 운행을 금지한 법률에대해 헌법재판소가 29일 합헌결정을 내림에따라 셔틀버스 운행이 30일부터 전면 중단돼 수도권의 중소 유통업체와 재래시장들이 바빠졌다.
[서울신문 2001-06-29] 헌법재판소의 셔틀버스 운행 금지 결정에 따라 유통업체와 지자체 등이 대책 마련에 부심하고 있다.그동안 셔틀버스를 이용해왔던 주민들은 부정적인 반응을 보였다.
Tonga Ilbo 2001.7.5 ▷미국 뉴욕 같은 대도시에서도 시의원들이 선거자금을 기부하는 식료품 가게 주인들의 이익을 위해 물건값이 싼 대형 할인매장이 들어서는 것을 막는 일을 한다. 한국에서도 지역구 의원들은 동네슈퍼마켓 의류가게 문구점 주인은 숫자가 많으니 이들의 압력을 의식하지 않을 수 없다. 전국버스운송사업조합 한국슈퍼마켓협동조합연합회 등이 활발하게 법률개정 청원활동을 벌인 끝에 여야의원 54명이 발의한 셔틀버스 금지 법안은 2000년 12월 국회를 통과했다.
Now the supermarkets are taking up the topic of restarting the operation of shuttle buses (Chosun Ilbo). The Association of Department Stores has expressed an opinion that due to the bad economy and demands of the customers it's time to reconsider the shuttle bus prohibition. Also the worsening traffic conditions in cities is cited as a reason for reopening the shuttle bus traffic.
The Association of Supermarkets (Han'guk syup'ômak'et hyôptongchohapyônhaphoe) and the assoc. of bus operators oppose the idea, not suprisingly. The both claim bad economy as well. Bad economy, bad business is such a common way of representing one's interests, at least in Korea, and as mentioned in the Tonga Ilbo quote above, the lobbying power of small businesses is actually good, thanks to the culturally advantageous images of smallness and "humane closeness". (Why do politicians swarm in marketplaces at the time of elections?) Still, I'm quite sure a large portion of consumers wouldn't mind taking free shuttle buses to where prices are cheaper and assortment of good bigger.
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