The Bayswater Omnibus by George William Joy 1895
(from the blog It's About Time)
On 30 January 1836, The Times published "The Omnibus Law" - obviously the paper felt there was a need for guidelines ...
The Law included:
* Keep your feet off the seats.
* Sit with your limbs straight, and do not with your legs describe an angle of 45, thereby occupying the room of two persons.
* Do not spit on the straw. You are not in a hogsty but in an omnibus travelling in a country which boasts of its refinement.
* Behave respectfully to females and put not an unprotected lass to the blush, because she cannot escape from your brutality.
* If you bring a dog, let him be small and be confined by a string.
* Do not introduce large parcels - an omnibus is not a van.
* If you will broach politics or religion, speak with moderation: all have an equal right to their opinions, and all have an equal right to not have them wantonly shocked.
* Refrain from affectation and conceited airs. Remember that you are riding a distance for sixpence which, if made in a hackney coach, would cost you as many shillings; and that should your pride elevate you above plebeian accommodations, your purse should enable you to common aristocratic indulgences.
And my personal favourite:
* Reserve bickerings and disputes for the open field. The sound of your own voice may be music to your own ears - not so, perhaps, to those of your companions.
Plus ca change, as they say.
Omnibus Life by William Maw 1859
London Omnibus 1901