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Vol. 32. Núm. 139.
Páginas 112-119 (Abril - Junio 2016)
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Stress from an administrative perspective in public transport drivers in Mexico City: Minibus and metrobus
El estrés desde una perspectiva administrativa en los conductores de transporte público en la Ciudad de México: minibús y metrobús
O estresse nos motoristas de transporte público na Cidade do México de uma perspectiva administrativa: Microônibus e ônibus
Fernando Lámbarrya,
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Corresponding author at: Av Manuel Carpio 471, Miguel Hidalgo, Plutarco Elías Calles, 11340 Ciudad de México, Mexico.
, Mara Maricela Trujillob, Cintia Guadalupe Cumbresc
a Investigador y Académico, Escuela Superior de Comercio y Administración Santo Tomás, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Ciudad de México, Mexico
b Investigadora y Académica, Escuela Superior de Comercio y Administración Santo Tomás, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Ciudad de México, Mexico
c Egresada, Escuela Superior de Comercio y Administración Santo Tomás, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Ciudad de México, Mexico
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Stress is one of the occupational diseases that affect workers worldwide, affecting their own productivity and performance (as well as that of the organizations where they work), and even their physical and mental health. According to the International Labour Organization, Mexican workers suffer from stress the most all over the world, since theirs is one of the most stressful professions. With this in mind, the aim of this research is to study the work stress in bus rapid transit drivers and minibus in Mexico City. The method used is based on an exploratory statistical factorial analysis. It is concluded that the factors which a higher influence in the onset of stress are organizational, environmental (physical/individual), inherent to the position, extra organizational and individual. Although divergent among drivers, minibus drivers are the workers who suffer the most from stress.

Work stress
Minibus driver
Metrobus driver
JEL classification:

El estrés es una de las enfermedades laborales que más afectan a los trabajadores en todo el mundo, perjudicando su productividad y rendimiento tanto propio como de las organizaciones donde laboran, e incluso su salud física y mental. Según la Organización Internacional del Trabajo son los trabajadores mexicanos quienes mayormente lo padecen a nivel mundial, toda vez que una de las profesiones más estresantes es ser conductor de transporte público. Es por ello que el objetivo de esta investigación es estudiar el estrés laboral en los conductores de autobuses de tránsito rápido y microbuses de la Ciudad de México. El método empleado se fundamenta en el análisis estadístico factorial exploratorio. A partir de lo anterior, se concluye que los factores que más inciden en la aparición de estrés son organizacionales, ambientales (físico/individual), intrínsecos del puesto, extraorganizacionales e individuales. Aunque divergentes entre los conductores, son los de minibús los que más lo padecen.

Palabras clave:
Estrés laboral
Conductor minibús
Conductor metrobús

O estresse é uma das doenças profissionais que mais afetam os trabalhadores em todo o mundo, prejudicando tanto a sua produtividade e próprio desempenho como os das organizações em que trabalham, e até mesmo sua saúde física e mental. Segundo a Organização Internacional do Trabalho, os trabalhadores mexicanos são os que mais sofrem esta doença em todo o mundo, já que uma das profissões mais estressantes é ser condutor de transporte público. Por isso, o objetivo desta pesquisa é estudar o estresse no trabalho em motoristas de ônibus de trânsito rápido e ônibus da Cidade do México. O método baseia-se numa análise estatística fatorial exploratória. A partir do exposto, conclui-se que os fatores que mais afetam a aparência de stress são organizacionais, ambientais (físico/individual), intrínsecos do emprego, extra-organizacionais e individuais. Ainda que sejam divergentes entre os motoristas, são os condutores de ônibus os que mais o sofrem.

Estresse no trabalho
Motorista microônibus
Motorista ônibus
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Work stress is a serious social and economic problem, while on the one hand damages the health of workers, on the other decreases the productivity of the companies making them least profitable and competitive in an increasingly globalized market. Stress is product of a reaction that has the individual to labor demands and pressures that do not match their knowledge and skills and test their ability to cope with various situations in their work environment. The work overload, organizational climate, long working hours, salary and the risk of being fired, conform some of the aspects that generate stress to workers (Organización Mundial de la Salud – OMS, 2004).

It is difficult to consider any occupation, profession or trade that does not generate stress given the speed and demands in which people are immersed (Martínez, 2008), one of them is to be the driver of a public transportation vehicle of passengers (Hernández, 2013) especially in developing countries where in most cases, the current state of its transportation system is not based on the needs of the population (Iracheta, 2006). However, it is evident that they provide a service that cannot be suspended for what it represents on the competitiveness of the cities and mobility of citizens and their safety when transported; nevertheless, stress on these drivers has been scarcely studied, ignoring the factors that cause it which is the objective of this study.

The research method of this study was based on the statistical descriptive analysis and exploratory factorial. It is concluded that the factors that cause work stress on drivers of public transportation, although equals in number with six, are divergent. While for the minibus operators the organizational factors are those that most affect them with a 34%, for the metrobus operators are the factors related to the physical environment with a 28%. It was identified that the minibus drivers show higher levels of stress in comparison with the metrobus drivers.

The present article is structured by: a conceptual framework where relevant aspects of the Mexican transport are presented; then a theoretical framework, where studies by authors on the subject of frontier work stress appear; after is presented the research methodology, analysis of results and, finally, the conclusions.

2Contextual framework: the public transportation in Mexico City

In Mexico transportation is an important part of the history of this city which has provided over the years the movement of people, goods, animals and an endless variety of objects. This section describes the operating conditions they face in their day to day and the average internal and external environment in which they are immersed is addressed.

2.1Mexico City and its public transportation: operating conditions in minibus and metrobus

The population growth and the continued territorial expansion of Mexico City have given rise to one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world with 20,116,842 inhabitants (Consejo Nacional de Población, 2010) whom mostly are directed to work daily to the center of the city demanding more public transportation and congesting the road network (Secretaría de Transporte y Vialidad – Setravi, 2009). In this way, there is record that in peak hours the average vehicle speed is 20km/h, and has various negative effects on quality of life and economy of families with loss of millions of work hours and a series social conflicts ranging from automobile accidents, crime, sexual harassment, to problems of social integration and coexistence (Gobierno del Distrito Federal, 2009a). The picture is even more discouraging since the trend of the last 16 years is the increase of 45% of the vehicle fleet which also explains in large part the saturation of the available road infrastructure evidencing an eventual unsustainable mobility in the medium term (Gobierno del Distrito Federal, 2009a).

More even, it is estimated that of the total trips generated in Mexico City 20% occur in private cars and 80% by public transportation. In response as an alternative and as in most of Latin American cities it has been implemented a system of bus rapid transit that has optimized the use of the road network (Gobierno del Distrito Federal, 2010).

Administratively, the passenger transportation system of the city is organized in: Federal District Government public transportation, composed by the Subway Collective Transport System (STCM), the Electric Transportations Service (ETS), the Passenger Transport Network (RTP) and the metrobus and in public transport concessioned consisting of minibuses, buses (metrobus), “combis” and on individual composed by taxis (López, 2011). Although with tripartite participation (Government of the Federal District, Mexico State and Federal) and under concession form, it can be found the Suburban Train which connects the State of Mexico with the Federal District, transporting daily to 150,000 people (Fsuburbanos, 2008). However, it is the Subway Collective Transport System which by its massive capacity serves most of the 20.6 million daily trips in Mexico City and metropolitan area with 18% (Secretaría de Transporte Colectivo Metro – STCM, 2012), while the Electric Transportations Service attends 1.2% (Servicios de Transportes Eléctricos del DF, 2013), the buses of the RTP cover 3% (Secretaría de Movilidad, 2014) and 250,000 passengers per day are transported by metrobus through 5 lines (López, 2011). While in the concessioned transport the buses and minibuses are those who offer the greatest number of trips made in the city, serving almost 60% of the demand equivalent to more than 12million passengers transported per business day on 106 routes and 1163 runs (Secretaría de Movilidad, 2014).

2.1.1Operating conditions on the public transport minibus and metrobus

The collective passenger transportation minibus is operated by private individual dealers grouped in civil organizations known as routes and with an essentially informal operation. In the case of Mexico City an important part of these transporters are alien to the norms and their vehicles violate the regulations, risking their life, the life of the passengers and pedestrians (Iracheta, 2006), which is largely attributable to the fact that their income depends on the number of passengers transported and by not having a salary or benefits granted by law (Berrones & Rosales, 2011). The dispute for each passenger on the street (penny war) is its business model (Ardila, 2009; Centro de Transporte Sustentable, 2009; Instituto de Políticas para el Transporte y el Desarrollo, 2010); however, there are cases in which it is the owner the operator of the unit, although it is more common that he rents it to another driver setting a daily fee of income that the driver must comply with the delivery of a full tank of gasoline (Lagunas, 2012). In addition, also exist the so-called “posturero” drivers who share the unit with another operator and comply in the same way as the ones who are permanent.

Being the reason why there is no incentive that achieves that a driver respects the norms above the need to bring money back home. The vast majority are family heads, drive an average of 12h per day, 5–6 days a week to meet the established rent (Aguilar, 2000, 1995) and facing an oversupply of routes and a road network in disrepair and highly congested (Gobierno del Distrito Federal, 2010, 2009a).

Meanwhile, metrobus, unlike minibus have an unique infrastructure, confined lanes where buses circulate (Centro de Transporte Sustentable, 2009; Instituto de Políticas para el Transporte y el Desarrollo, 2010) separated from other vehicular traffic, they operate under a corporate scheme with public–private participation where the government regulates, controls and provides, in conjunction with the particular, the service (Lambarry, Rivas, & Trujillo, 2010). In these mercantile societies there is no penny war and drivers are compensated based on the distance driven and not per passenger so they have a fixed income and benefits required by law. However, incentive contracts in quality also exist to ensure and encourage operators to excellence in service, penalizing the deficiencies in the maintenance of the vehicle, in their service to the user, in the consistency on the performance of the driving and security, among others. On the opposite case, they are compensated if they exceed service expectations (Gobierno del Distrito Federal, 2009b; Instituto de Políticas para el Transporte y el Desarrollo, 2010).

3Theoretical framework: stress and its factors

The stress in the course of time has been studied from different perspectives and in different areas of knowledge. As part of the theoretical basis conceptualizations several authors have given the subjects that are presented.

3.1Stress and the organizational factors

Based on social, political, environmental, structural, economic and labor changes that have occurred in organizations over time various models have been proposed study on occupational stress in different areas highlight three for their recurring citation, the model of Cooper and Cox (1985), Matteson and Ivancevich (1987) and Salas, Driskell, and Hughes (1996), although none of them is directed to the study of stress in the transport sector.

Nevertheless, one of the oldest model is the socio environmental proposed by the Institute for Social Research (ISR) of French and Kahn (1962) whom conclude that the work context, the subjective experience the worker and his response are factors that affect work stress with effects on the physical and mental health of the person. A bit later McGrath (1976) concludes that stress is a cyclic behavior caused by the workers’ perceptions of danger or threat to the environment and the workplace. Harrison (1978) in his model of mismatch between demands and resources of the worker, on the premise that stress is a mismatch between the demands of the environment and the resources of workers to face them, concludes that the individual resources of the worker, his capacity of perception and the environmental demands, cause it. Payne and Fletcher (1983) in their model of interaction between demands and control, pike up ideas from the Harrison model concluding that stress is the result of the interaction between high psychological demands (productivity) and their scarce freedom in decision making, that is the control (hierarchies of authority, responsibility system, etc.).

Meanwhile Lazarus and Folkman (1984) in their model of cognitive appreciation highlighted that the most important factor is the appreciation that has the individual of his environment, which can lead to disease and occupational dysfunction. Cooper and Cox (1985) coincide with McGrath considering that stress is a process that is developed in four phases: stressors (environmental demands), individual differences (the coping resources and capacity of perception), individual effects (symptoms) and organizational and disease. Meantime Hendrix, Ovalle, and Troxler (1985) conclude that stress is the product of three groups of variables: intra-organizational (clarity of goals, organizational control, individual autonomy, etc.), individual (locus of control, tolerance for change, assertiveness, etc.) and extra-organizational (family relationships).

Nevertheless these factors, Matteson and Ivancevich (1987) consider that the individual factors, such as the cognitive appreciation–perception of the worker, is what causes in a greater extent, physiological, psychological and behavioral outcomes with health consequences on the individual and organizational performance.

Based on this, Del Pino (2006) emphasizes that these factors are evident in four different levels in the organization: (a) individual, characterized by work overload, (b) group, by conflict between staff, (c) organizational, in absence of management processes and (d) extra organizational, where personal problems of the individuals interfere with their work.

Although, it is the individual who distorts his perception of the environment or his own way of being by the discrepancies between what he perceives and his coping behaviors with two types of mechanisms for facing with stress, one of coping and another of defense (Edwards, 1988).

Freese and Zapf (1998) meanwhile, in their transactional and dynamic model consider the social impact and the temporality with consequences in terms of dysfunctions and of a typical process of chronification similar to the burnout syndrome. For Johnson and Hall (1988) and Karasek and Theorell (1990), based on the model of Payne and Fletcher (1983), incorporate the dimension of social support as moderator in the study of stress in a way that a high level of social support at work diminishes the effect of stress, while a low level, increases it. To which Siegrist (1996) in this regard in his effort-reward model postulates that work stress occurs when presented a high effort and a low reward. Concludes that stress is caused by variables: of extrinsic effort (claims and liabilities), of intrinsic effort (high motivation with coping) and of reward (money, esteem and control of the status).

Some slightly more modern views propose linking the stress with performance for example, Salas et al. (1996) conduct to the formation of expectations of performance that can be positive or negative and determine psychological, cognitive, emotional and social consequences. Karasek (1979) in his model of interaction between demands and control, coinciding with Payne and Fletcher (1983), considers as main variables the labor demands and the personal control, so that stress is a product of the interaction between high psychological demands and scarce freedom in decision making (low control). Finally, it also highlights the perspective of the pressure indicator model (Williams, 1998) that considers the sources of pressure but simultaneously the driving factors to reduce it.

3.1.1Stress in public transport operators

There are few studies on the factors that cause stress oriented to the drivers of public transport and non-existent in the public transport of passengers of minibus or metrobus in Mexico. In the international context only Hernández (2013) evidences that being a taxi driver is one of the most stressful jobs in New York City; while in a first attempt to identify the stressors perceived by drivers of public transport in the State of Morelos in Mexico, Lima and Juárez (2008) conclude with 15 stressors, highlighting traffic, time pressure and pressure to complete the daily rent, that the drivers have. In this regard, Aranda, González, Hidalgo, and Pando (2013) associate the psychosocial risk factors and occupational with the health aspects of public transport workers in Mexico City, concluding that 43.4% has had an illness and the 20% reported to be associated with their work.

4Research method

It is a quantitative research of transversal cut divided in two stages, one of an analytical type where the variables causing job stress were identified focused on the drivers of the transport, in which the evaluative stress questionnaires were designed in the operators of the metrobus and minibus.

A second stage that involved an exploratory factorial analysis and based on this one statistical descriptive. Therefore, to quantify the level of stress on the drivers as a result of the factors of the exploratory analysis a scale was established, where the values from 0 to 21 points correspond to a minimum level, from 22 to 42 points to a low level, of 43–63 points to an average level, of 64–84 points to a high level of stress and a maximum level of 65–105 points.

4.1Sample selection

In the Federal District circulate about 106 routes (Secretaría de Movilidad, 2014) for the application of the instrument a route was chosen randomly turning out to be the 18-2 located in the north of Mexico City which has a vehicle fleet of 259 units and 500 drivers of which a random sample of 40 was taken.

The same criterion of randomness of route selection was applied to the metrobus (of a total of five), turning out to be line 1 which transports 470,000 users daily, have approximately 250 drivers being the longest with 30km in both directions and operating in the Insurgentes Avenue, one of the most important in the city. The size of the random sample applied to this case was of 50.

4.2Exploratory factor the questionnaire design

The basis questionnaire was based on three models: the Salas et al. (1996), the Matteson and Ivancevich (1987), and the Cooper and Cox (1985), and resulted in principle in a total of 65 items (Annexes, Table A1) debugged through Cronbach's alpha coefficient eliminating those items with low coefficients Alfa <0.5 (George & Mallery, 2003); based on this the exploratory factor analysis (of principal components with varimax rotation) was performed to identify those items that were not attached to their dimension and the SPSS version 22 software was used.

For the adapted questionnaire to the minibus drivers the exploratory factorial analysis showed a KMO of 0.689 and a Bartlett's test of sphericity with a chi square of 497.250; g.l. 210; p<0.000. The results in this test indicate six components which explain the 74.38% of the total variance. So it was decided to build these components respecting in a greater extent the dimension to which the items originally belonged and in other cases and according to the dominion which represented majority.

However, in some items that did not reflect adherence to its original factor of procedence, it was observed that it was possible to include it on two additional categories; thus, the environmental factors were subdivided in physical and individual and the organizational in intrinsic of the work position under a process of reflection and careful analysis that gave a better fit to the instrument (Table 1) and considering the proposed on the environmental case of Del Pino (2006).

Table 1.

Exploratory factorial analysis.

Minibus driversMetrobus drivers
Factor  Item  Factorial weight  Explained variance (%)  Factor  Item  Factorial weight  Explained variance (%) 
OrganizationalEOCT.1.2  0.745  34.286Physical environmentEADR4.1  0.507  28.488
EOSA.4.1  0.733  EAR2.2  0.710 
EOSA.4.2  0.732  EAGU3.1  0.743 
EAPT.3.1  0.526  EACT6.2  0.769 
Intrinsic of the positionEEXPL.3.3  0.897  46.568Intrinsic of the positionEAR2.1  0.633  39.267
EOSA 4.3  0.318  EACT6.1  0.708 
EOEV.2.3  0.217  EHIA4.3  0.598 
EOCT.1.4  0.468  EEXPL3.2  0.086 
Physical environmentEACT 7.2  0.168  54.680Individual environmentEOEV2.1  0.713  47.568
EAR.2.1  0.102  EAIL5.1  0.035 
EAR2.3  0.767  EAET7.1  0.214 
Individual environmentEAP.1.2  0.834  62.227OrganizationalEAET7.2  0.565  54.685
EAP.1.3  0.659  EACT6.3  0.408 
EAPT.3.2  0.655  EOCO3.1  0.731 
EAET.8.2  0.135  EOCO3.2  0.204 
Extra organizationalEEXRF.1.2  0.484  69.088Extra organizationalEOSA4.3  0.431  60.759
EEXRF.1.3  0.885  EEXRF1.2  0.291 
EHIPE.2.3  0.630  EEXPE.2.2  0.042 
IndividualEHIAF.5.1  0.839  74.380IndividualEHICO1.1  0.646  65.891
EHICO 1.1  0.125  EHICO1.3  0.674 
EHICO 1.4  0.340  EHIPE2.1  0.089 
Source: Own elaboration.

Similarly, in the case of the metrobus drivers the KMO of the exploratory factor analysis was of 0.738 and Bartlett's test of sphericity with an chi square of 412.626; g.l. 210; p<0.000. It turned out dimensioning the stress into six components explaining the 65.89% of the total variance. It should be mentioned that some items do not match the same component as the minibus, which is because not all items apply to both cases (Table 1).

According to the principal component analysis applied to drivers of minibus and metrobus we observed that both proposals require an adjustment in the number of factors that influence in stress. The final proposal was composed of six factors that explain for both cases more than 65% of the total variance of stress:

  • 1.

    Organizational factors, consisting of the stressors: workload, salary, time pressures and organizational climate.

  • 2.

    Intrinsic factors of the position, containing: issues of the internal regulation, hours of work, wages, and workplace violence.

  • 3.

    Factors of the physical environment formed by: tours, external noise to the unit, urban geography and climate.

  • 4.

    Individual environmental factors that consider: workspace, user attitude, lighting and temperature of the unit.

  • 5.

    Extra-organizational factors constituted by family and economic situations.

  • 6.

    Individual factors conformed by personality, coping and control of emotions.

5Analysis and results

The minibus drivers under study are characterized by the fact that half of them are aged between 18 and 30 years, 35% of 31–42 years; 60% are married; 85% have basic education and only 15% completed high school.

Regarding their work 54% of drivers operate a unit that is not theirs and have to pay rent, the 36% operate a borrowed unit where the account terms can be negotiated and only 10% operate their own unit where they establish the time conditions to work. 45% of them has more than 8 years working on the route and have higher levels of stress compared to those who have worked less than 4 years. The 82% are permanent drivers, 15% is “posturero” meaning that many times they must share the unit with another driver and the 3% have another position meaning that they only get to drive the unit when any of the above cannot; of these drivers are the “postureros” those who show a higher stress levels, however, of all drivers the 46% show levels to be considered of which 13% in high.

Based on the results obtained in the exploratory factor analysis it was found that the organizational factors are those that most stress the drivers of minibus with 34% followed by the intrinsic factors of their work position with about 12% and those with least weight are the individual that have about 5%. Specifically, the indicators with more factorial weight (greater than 0.7), that are the ones that explain the most the changes in stress of the drivers are: having few passengers, earn little, the relationship with their partner which is affected by work, problems with law by imprudence in the way of driving and that the passengers do not meet the recommendations requested.

Regarding metrobus drivers 75% of them have less than 51 years; 84% are married. In terms of educational level 88% have basic education and 12% have completed high school. In labor terms 92% are employed indefinitely (base) and only 8% are employed on a temporary basis; 76% has more than 7 years working for the company; 92% work 8h a day, 6% less than 8h and 2% works overtime that is more than 8h a day. 52% of the drivers present a low level of stress, 42% a medium and 6% a high level.

In the exploratory factorial analysis was found that the factors of the physical environment are those that cause more stress to the metrobus drivers with 28% followed by the intrinsic factors of the work position with about 11% and those who have less weight are, as for the minibus drivers, the individuals with about the 5%. Particularly, the indicators with more factorial weight (greater than 0.7) that generate stress in the drivers in greater degree are: job insecurity, the policies of the organization regarding performance, that the cars invade the bus lane, the discomfort of the steering wheel and physical environmental issues such as heat and rain.


A first conclusion to be drawn from this study is that the factors that cause work stress on drivers of public transport either in minibus as in metrobus and even though being equal in number with six are divergent. While for minibus operators are the organizational those who most affect on them for of the metrobus operators are those related to the physical environment.

There are so many sources of pressure and few modulators of this phenomenon that it was possible to find drivers with stress. For the metrobus drivers those that presented high stress levels were aged between 36 and 43 years old, married with children, that have been laboring between 4 and 6 years, 5 days a week. In consideration with the minibus the most stressed drivers are aged between 18 and 27 years old, married with children, who are “postureros” and those who drive a borrowed unit full time, although they have been working on the route for more than 8 years.

It is not difficult to think that the different working conditions between these drivers generate stress on them, the business scheme of metrobus with statutory benefits and fixed income against precariousness of the ones of the route, in which drivers besides working 8–16h a day, their income depends on number of passengers transported and have no legal benefits (Instituto de Políticas para el Transporte y el Desarrollo, 2010; Lámbarry et al., 2010).

Therefore, comparatively minibus drivers are more stressed 13% of them (more than double) than the metrobus. In this regard a second conclusion that can be delineated of this study is that for the drivers of minibus the number of passengers transported, their income, the infractions for their driving way, the complications with their partner due to their work and the passengers that do not meet the recommendations requested are the indicators with greatest influence on their stress coinciding with Berrones and Rosales (2011), Lagunas (2012) and Aguilar (2000, 1995).

In contrast, the metrobus drivers are stressed by the insecurity at work (violence), the policies of the organization regarding their performance, that cars invade the bus lane, discomfort on the steering wheel and physical environmental issues such as heat and rain.

It is necessary to bring close the service of minibuses to business schemes that will improve organizational aspects as their workload and salary and educate them in customer care, good driving and knowledge of transit law as well as rewarding with incentives or paid leave for drivers with minimal infractions.

Meanwhile to reduce the stress in metrobus drivers it is required to develop security strategies that would allow eradicating violence that may well be through an increase in police surveillance and the reviewing of the organizational policies regarding their performance. Training that will enable them to control their feelings of anger against the weather and to the cars that invade their lane.

Given the damage that can cause stress it is necessary that both transport organizations (metrobus and minibus) encourage motivation in their employees, allowing them to become involved in the decision-making, encouraging social interaction through meetings or recreational spaces that enable them to exercise and eat properly with the intention of strengthening their coping resources to stress.

The results of this research should be considered as an incentive and a challenge for accomplish further studies on the subject: confirm those factors that generate stress to drivers at their work, examine in a deeper way unhealthy eating habits that could influence in being prone to stress as well as their consequences on the physical and mental health so that they can be, as much as possible, regulated and controlled for the benefit of the drivers, for the organizations to which they belong and for the security of the passengers transported.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare not to have any conflict of interest.


Table A1.

Initial instrument.

Dimensions  Indicators  Minibus drivers items  Metrobus drivers items 
Organizational (EO)Workload (EOCT)
Matteson and Ivancevich (1987) 
1.1 I make the same amount of trips every daya
1.2 Having few passengers stresses me
1.3 It is part of your job to perform mechanical activities, cleaning or administrationa
1.4 If the unit breaks down I have to make up time with overtime 
1.1 I perform the same amount of daily tripsa
1.2 I have the benefits provided by law (bonuses, health insurance, day off per week)a
1.3 You work overtimea 
Exposure to violence (EOEV)
Salas et al. (1996) 
2.1 I’ve been a victim of crime in working hoursa
2.2 I feel fear to do my jobb
2.3 I receive physical aggression from users 
2.1 I am frightened by the insecurity in my job
2.2 I have been physically beaten during working hoursa 
Organizational climate (EOCO)
Matteson and Ivancevich (1987) 
3.1 I receive some sort of benefits established in the law
3.2 The general policies of the route impede my performance at worka
3.3 The relationship with my colleagues is gooda
3.4 My colleagues are disorganizeda
3.5 We assist each other between colleaguesa
3.6 Among fellow routes, we form a support group and camaraderiea 
3.1 The relationship with my colleagues is good
3.2 The organizational policies impede my performance at work
3.3 We support each other between colleaguesb 
Salary (EOSA)
Matteson and Ivancevich (1987) 
4.1 Earn so little generates me anguish
4.2 I give some contribution to third parties
4.3 I am concerned to complete the money of the account
4.4 From my salary I have to pay for fuel and maintenance for the unita 
4.1 My salary is fixeda
4.2 I am satisfied with my salary 
Extra organizational (EEX)Family relationships (EEXRF)
Matteson and Ivancevich (1987) 
1.1 The relationship with my family influences my worka
1.2 Family problems have come to affect my work
1.3 My couple relationship is affected due to my job
1.4 When I feel support from my family and friends my job is bettera 
1.1 The relationship with my family influences my worka
1.2 The family problems affect my work
1.3 Do I feel supported by my family?a 
Economic problems (EEXPE)
Matteson and Ivancevich (1987) 
2.1 My salary is enough to cover the basic needs of my family and minea
2.2 Commonly I have debts because my salary is reduceda 
2.1 My salary is enough to meet the needs of my family and minea
2.2 Commonly I have debts due to not earning enough 
Legal problems (EEXPL)
Matteson and Ivancevich (1987) 
3.1 In the last month I have received more than one infractiona
3.2 I have my license and documents of the unit in ordera
3.3 I have serious problems with the law because of imprudences at work
3.4 I’m very careless in the way of drivinga 
3.1 I have been called attention because of my drivinga
3.2 In the last month I have received one or more than one infraction emitted by the metrobus. 
Individual (EI)Control (EHICO)
Cooper and Cox (1985) 
1.1 I lose control of my emotions easily
1.2 I have a proper control in situations of traffic danger in my worka
1.3 I control my temper in difficult situationsa
1.4 My character is explosive with the users 
1.1 During work, I lose control of my emotions easily
1.2 I have a proper control in situations of danger in my worka
1.3 My temper is explosive with my colleagues or supervisors
1.4 I control my charactera 
Personality (EHIPE)
Cooper and Cox (1985) 
2.1 I am a person who always sees the positive side of thingsa
2.2 I consider myself a sentimental persona
2.3 Sometimes I am a person who gets angry easily
2.4 I am a calm personb 
2.1 I am a person who always the you positive side of things
2.2 I consider myself a sensitive persona
2.3 I tend to be a person who gets angry easilyb
2.4 I am a calm persona 
Individual (EHI)Perception (EHIPC)
Salas et al. (1996) 
3.1 I find easy to perceive the things that are going wrong in my worka
3.2 I detect when is going to be problems with the usersa
3.3 I perceive thieves easilya
3.4 The contact with the users irritates mea 
3.1 I find it easy to perceive the things that are going wrong in my work and in my lifea 
Alimentation (EHIA)
4.1 I have a fixed schedule to feed myselfa
4.2 My diet is balanceda
4.3 I eat while workinga
4.4 I generally get from the street the foods that I eata 
4.1 I have a fixed schedule to feed myselfa
4.2 My diet is balanceda
4.3 I have noticed that during working hours I am hungrier
4.4 The foods that I consume are generally acquire on the streetb 
Coping (EHIAF)
Salas et al. (1996) 
5.1 I find it easy to deal with any situation that is presented at work  5.1 I find it easy to deal with any situation that arises at worka 
Environmental (EA)Passengers (EAP)
1.1 Users are attentive to the service I provide
1.2 It bothers me that the passengers do not address my recommendations
1.3 It annoys me that the passengers (go up/go down) at a stop that is not set
1.4 I feel good when the users are attentive to the service I provided 
1.1 I would like to interact with usersa 
Noise (EAR)
Salas et al. (1996) 
2.1 The noise bothers me when I drive
2.2 I listen to music during my work daya
2.3 It is difficult for me to listen to the auditory signals of my unit (ex. ring, motor, etc.) 
2.1 The noise bothers me when I drive
2.2 It is difficult for me to listen to the auditory signals of my unit (ex. ring, motor, etc.) 
Time pressure (EAPT)
3.1 I drive fast to cover my share
3.2 I feel time pressure when I need to check
3.3 I try to win passengers overtakinga 
Does not apply 
Urban geography (EAGU)
4.1 It bothers me that there is a lot of traffic during market daysa
4.2 I worry when the holiday season for children arrivesa
4.3 I feel damaged when the taxis or any other car make a double rowa 
3.1 It bothers me that the cars invade my lane 
Travel distances (EADR)  5.1 The distances I travel are longb  4.1 I travel the same distance every day 
Lighting (EAIL)
Salas et al. (1996) 
6.1 The lighting of the city allows me to recognize hazards and/or receive information clearlya
6.2 The lighting in my unit is appropriatea 
5.1 The lighting in my unit is appropriate
5.2 The lighting of the city allows me to recognize hazards while workinga 
Temperature/climate (EACT)
Salas et al. (1996) 
7.1 The rain season affects my work daya
7.2 The heat causes a bad mood
7.3 The temperature in my unit makes me enjoy my worka 
6.1 The rain season affects my work day
6.2 The heat causes a bad mood
6.3 The temperature of my unit is suitable to perform my job 
Workspace (EAET)
Salas et al. (1996) 
8.1 My seat is comfortablea
8.2 My driving spot is uncomfortable
8.3 The wheel of my unit is comfortable to usea 
7.1 My seat is comfortable
7.2 The wheel of my unit is comfortable to use 

Items deleted for having an alpha less than 0.400.


Items deleted by the method of principal components lower than 0.500.

Note: The unmarked items were re arranged according to the results of the exploratory factorial analysis (Table 1).

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