Modes of public transportation such as trains, buses and taxis harbor germs. The problem is multiplied by the types of seat covering in use in trains, buses and taxis, namely fabric. This is a worldwide problem, not specific to any one nation, but all countries with the aforementioned modes of travel.
The use of fabric seating on public transport can harbor bodily sweat, urine, trace amounts of feces, vomit, sperm and vaginal secretions.
Another issue of public health concern regarding fabric seating on transport is infectious, easily spread mites such as scabies. Bed bugs can also burrow into the fabric via small breaks in the material.
There is also residue from spilled drinks and food present in the fabric.
Due to the difficulty of cleaning/washing seating fabric and in such large quantity in public transportation settings, they are only cleaned annually.
It is best to use plastic materials for seating on pubic transportation, as they can be thoroughly cleaned more frequently, for the sake of public health and do not harbor insects in the manner fabric can.