The Japan Times, December 3, 1998

Taliban demands bus drivers hide female passengers

KABUL (AP) The Taliban religious army's newest edict ordered bus drivers Wednesday to hide their women passengers by putting up curtains.
They also warned bus drivers against fraternizing with women passengers, telling jokes or displaying posters.
In a Radio Shariat broadcast, the Taliban ordered all buses carrying only women to be encased in curtains. As well a curtain should also hide the driver from the female passengers, the broadcast said.
Of the estimated 200 buses plying the streets of Kabul, about 100 are reserved for women only.
But the drivers of these buses have been lax in following the Taliban's strict brand of Islamic behavior, the broadcast said.
For example, the broadcast said some of the drivers have been playing music, an offense that is punishable by a public beating.