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Updated: December 8, 2013 00:18 IST

A second door can save lives

S. Sandeep Kumar
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Private bus operators suggest steps to panel on Volvo mishap

A little more than a month into the tragic Volvo mishap that claimed 45 lives at Palem in Mahabubnagar, private bus operators and NGOs have recommended measures to the committee constituted by the government to probe the tragedy.

The key recommendations are: a second door in long-distance bus services (including RTC and private buses) and installation of surveillance cameras in driver and passenger cabins.

The two-member committee, comprising Raymond Peter, Principal Secretary (Social Welfare), and L. Premchandra Reddy, Principal Secretary (Finance), met private bus operators, NGO representatives and Transport Department staff at Transport Bhavan on Friday as part of the probe.

Safe exit

Curiously, private bus operators wanted the authorities to ask bus manufacturers to provide an additional door and a safe exit mechanism during emergency situations. Although buses are equipped with fire extinguishers and hammers, in the event of an accident or fire, it is difficult for passengers to escape through the window, which is over eight-feet high, they maintained.

Videos on use of hammers and fire extinguishers and other safety measures in buses should be shown to passengers, said A.P. Private Bus Operators’ Association president H.S.C. Bose.

“The Volvo company had provided video clips in English, and we are getting them translated into Telugu, so that everybody can follow them. We are planning to play these videos in the next 15 days in all private buses,” Mr. Bose added.

Road Safety Education and Defensive Driving Institute (REDDI), a voluntary organisation, headed by M. Laxma Reddy, a former Motor Vehicle Inspector, had suggested that the authorities install surveillance cameras in the driver cabin to enable operators to monitor the driver, besides ensuring that the second driver is taking the wheel after the stipulated driving hours during long journeys.

“The meeting was called to get the bus operators’ feedback on technical aspects like safety provisions, recommendations on bus design and their responsibility during emergency situations. Mr. Premchandra Reddy and I will be visiting the Volvo company station in Bangalore shortly to get more information before filing a report to the government,” said Mr. Raymond Peter.

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One of the Fundamental reason for Volvo catastrophic incidents could be attributed to ill designed highways and medians in India.These buses are designed specifically for European auto-bans for incredible speeds.but Volvo India releases these buses on Indian roads with very little customization, because Indian highways violate NHA standards.

from:  vishal
Posted on: Dec 8, 2013 at 21:08 IST

All the safety measures suggested exist in the developed countries for more than two decades. To implement we need to look beyond our own shadows and stop cutting corners when it comes to safety.

from:  Syed
Posted on: Dec 8, 2013 at 14:16 IST

All these measures to take care of passengers after a mishap are good. Nothing can
save all passengers if the driver drives into a median, ruptures the fuel tank and the
bus catches fire. Indians are not the most physically fit people to be able to jump
out of the bus through windows either. It would be better to look at ways to avoid
drivers driving into dividers and medians, rather than look for ways to better the bus
in some way to accommodate escape routes after accidents.

from:  B S Kumar
Posted on: Dec 8, 2013 at 11:11 IST
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