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Updated: November 13, 2013 00:42 IST

Airline-style safety manual in APSRTC’s AC buses

  • S. Sandeep Kumar
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Passengers will be given a two-minute live demonstration on emergency exit measures

Passengers travelling in APSRTC air-conditioned buses like Indra, Garuda will hereafter be given a two-minute live demonstration about emergency exit measures, placement of hammers to break open windows and position of fire extinguishers like the one given by flight stewards in aircrafts.

Apart from the demonstration, a three-minute video about the emergency measures in place will also be played on the television sets in all AC buses, said APSRTC Executive Director (Engineering and IT) G. Jaya Rao.

From next week onwards, AC bus drivers before commencing the journey, will introduce themselves to the passengers and inform them about the placement of hammers and fire extinguishers in buses.

They will also demonstrate how to use these tools in emergency situations.

The move comes after the Volvo bus mishap at Palem in Mahabubnagar last month in which 45 passengers were charred to death.

The corporation has procured over 200 hammers to be installed in the buses, which lacked such tools and is hiring the services of a private agency to refill fire extinguishers and maintenance.

Special training

Over 1,500 drivers driving high-end AC buses like Garuda, Garuda plus, Indra and even those driving AC buses in the capital were given a one-day special training at the six zonal staff training colleges across the State about operation of fire extinguishers and conduct of live demonstration in buses, Mr. Rao said.

There are over 450 AC buses, including Garuda, Vennela sleeper, Indra and those plying in the capital.

Authorities plan to install six hammers and two fire extinguishers in each Garuda plus bus in different locations.

Likewise, four hammers and two fire extinguishers will be provided in Garuda and Vennela sleeper buses.

In Indra buses, two hammers and one fire extinguisher will be provided.

Most AC buses had hammers and fire extinguishers installed in them but over a period of time some got stolen and some damaged.

After the Mahabubnagar incident, APSRTC Vice-Chairman and Managing Director A. K. Khan issued a directive that hammers and fire extinguishers should be installed in all AC buses and a ‘live’ demonstration by drivers be made mandatory, Mr. Rao said.

Training camp

A training camp is being organised for supervisors and mechanical staff operating AC buses on November 16 at the RTC Academy, Hakimpet. Experts from Volvo, Mercedes and Ashok Leyland will train the staff on safety measures such as checking automatic door functioning, fire extinguishers, AC connections, tyre pressure, etc.

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All the transport corporations in India should bring this safety
measures into practice. There dont want to be another accident like

from:  Dhana
Posted on: Nov 13, 2013 at 23:14 IST

This type of safety briefing before start of journey in AC Buses will
help all passengers to evoke correct and prompt response during
emergency situation.

from:  Arun
Posted on: Nov 13, 2013 at 22:40 IST

I agree with other comments. But please let the TV sets in busses are working properly.

from:  Srikanth
Posted on: Nov 13, 2013 at 22:06 IST

It is a GOOD START.Hope before licensing these Luxury Buses the
Transportation authorities should insist on a GOOD INSURANCE FOR THE
PASSENGERS AS WELL AS BUSES and prompt disposal of CLAIMS will go a
long way to progress.
It should be MANDATORY for the Motor Vehicles Inspectors to keep
making on routes to keep the operators on toes.
Like Air line Pilots there should be two and two support Drivers
travelling in the Bus and they should all be have list of Passengers
and more so it should see they will not pickup passengers on route no
matter what it is, instead they should provide pick up services by the
But the most important thing is thorough EDUCATION of the DRIVERS with
complete Understanding SAFETY procedures in case of Emergency and
Wireless sets each driver should have to communicate with EMERGENCY
PERSONNEL will mitigate the suffering.

from:  sini
Posted on: Nov 13, 2013 at 20:26 IST

Well done APSRTC. The move is highly commendable and should be made
mandatory for all the transport corporations across the country and the
private bus operators.

from:  Iyaswamy S
Posted on: Nov 13, 2013 at 18:53 IST

Good to see the proposal but we must wait to see its implementation.

Posted on: Nov 13, 2013 at 16:00 IST

Better late than never - Its a good move by APSRTC. These safety measures should be checked every time before issuing fitness certificate.Problem with APSRTC is,they don't maintain them by getting it serviced periodically. Generally, as buses get older, TVs won't be working,AC won't be effective, usage of unwashed blankets,...One of the horrible experiences I had was when Window glass broke suddenly in the mid-night when traveling a distance of 700 KM..!!!

from:  Kranthi
Posted on: Nov 13, 2013 at 15:14 IST

The TV channels which continuously flash news about tragedies like the bus burning accident, could do well to telecast programmes on disaster management, mental preparedness and quick thinking on the part of passengers in case such unfortunate incidents occur. In the event of an entirely unexpected disaster striking , it is the shock and inability to react appropriately that causes damage which could be prevented.They could make such programmes in the interest of public safety.

from:  K M
Posted on: Nov 13, 2013 at 14:03 IST

Not just in RTC this should be done in all private buses. Govt can surely implement. This will root out inefficient drivers in whose hands lie so many lives. They should not only introduce but greet the passengers and thank them for availing their services.

from:  Nasarullah
Posted on: Nov 13, 2013 at 14:02 IST

Also install seat belts to all seats. During initial days, let there be
mock evacuations involving the driver and assistants.


from:  Dhanunjay Chetput
Posted on: Nov 13, 2013 at 13:30 IST

Need of the hour. Very good move. Hope all the State Govts implement this.

from:  Balamurugan
Posted on: Nov 13, 2013 at 12:38 IST

The move by APSRTC is good,but the no.of hammers provided are not
enough because there will be around 45 seats in AC bus how can only 2
hammers suffice...Place a hammer for two windows.

I think it is better to bring our own hammers in the bags...

from:  pavan
Posted on: Nov 13, 2013 at 12:19 IST

It is a good move on part of APSRTC. This well intentioned is truly appreciated

from:  krishnan
Posted on: Nov 13, 2013 at 10:37 IST

I wish this is taken up by all the operators,who ply air conditioned
busses.The Regional Transport authorities should make this a must.

from:  K P Natarajan
Posted on: Nov 13, 2013 at 07:37 IST
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