While in many ways, I am past being a student radical, I have my memories. Public transport should be a service, provided by the government. If it does not work well, we can blame the government. In spite of the government shifting the operation of public transport to private profit making private companies, the government still gets the blame for failures of public transport. Good! Haha. That did not work so well.
Private companies now smother their vehicles with advertising to make an extra dollar. This should have never been allowed, but the cat is out of the bottle now. You simply cannot see out of the windows properly with the advertising all over them. It is worse when the windows are already tinted. It is worse again at night time and impossible if it is dark and raining. I just do not know how this could have been allowed.
Some of the afore mentioned modern young radical socialists took matters into their own hands and symbolically stripped some trams of some of their advertising. I believe it was a guerrilla attack at the Melbourne University terminus. I doubt their concern was about being able to see outside, more like commercial advertising on public property. I wish young people were a bit more bolshie at times and it pleases me that some are. There must be some sort of solvent in the world that could sprayed on advertising that covers public transport vehicles that could make it all disappear.
This is what the Sunglasses Hut tram should look like.
Initially the tram looked very messy, but the authorities have tidied it up. Compare the tram to the above shot where there windows were nearly completely covered.
See the black panel at the front where an advertising panel has been ripped off.
Here is another.A little bit was left at the bottom.
See below the penguin? Part of the ad has been ripped off.
Closer up at ground level.I have seen a couple of other all over advertising trams spoilt but I did not have the opportunity to get photos.
This tram was not attacked and in spite of me disliking all over advertising, I think the Jean Paul Gaultier tram is quite stylish.