Staff Reporter

GUNTUR: Maintaining safety of passengers and bus crew is of paramount importance and the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) is striving to improve the safety standards, RTC Chief Commercial Manager Sadasiva Rao said on Thursday. He was addressing an awareness meeting on ‘Zero accident week’ a week-long campaign undertaken by the RTC to cut down the number of accidents and sensitise the drivers and other crew members on the safety standards. A gate meeting was held on the premises of Guntur-1 depot which was attended by drivers, conductors and other support staff.

Regional Manager S.M. Ansari said that the concept was a brain child of APSRTC Managing Director V. Dinesh Reddy and would be implemented across the State. An awareness session on the safety parameters to be followed while driving, lessons on closer cooperation between the driver and the conductor in navigating the buses in difficult situations was held.

Statistical details

Giving the statistical details on the number of accidents, Mr. Rao said that 1,255 persons lost their lives in accidents involving RTC buses in 2007-2008. The toll included 374 riding two wheelers, 104 four wheelers, 298 pedestrians, 186 passengers, 120 persons travelling in auto-rickshaws and 91 cyclists.

The RTC management even gave a safety mantra spanning 32 seconds in the form of a pledge to be read by every driver before undertaking a trip. Depot Manager Venkateswara Rao, assistant traffic manager Subba Rao and others were present.