The Retarder

We all need a bit of mystery in our lives. And in my case, it's this strange switch in the dashboard of the bus I quite often use for my trip back home from work. The switch is labeled "Retarder" (yes, in English). It's a lot bigger than the other switches on the dashboard. And not only is it bigger, it also has this yellowish indicator next to it. The other switches have these puny indicators attached to them, but The Retarder has a big indicator. Clearly, The Retarder is the King of Switches.

I have often studied that switch from the distance and wondered what it does. Is it some kind of futuristic tool designed to be used against troublemaking passengers? "If you don't behave yourselves, I'm going to Retard you!".

Never mess with the bus-drivers.

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