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As Down To Earth en­ters its 25th year of pub­li­ca­tion, we bring to you glimpses from our ar­chives The Union Min­istry of Road Trans­port and High­ways has post­poned the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Na­tional Bus Code. The min­istry, through its re­cent no­ti­fi­ca­tion, has stip­u­lated Jan­uary 1, 2017, as the new date for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the code, which lays down the stan­dard fea­tures of a modern bus with de­signs and ma­te­ri­als as­sessed by reg­u­la­tors. Eight years ago, in kCity bus in de­mand, out of sup­plyy (16-31 Oc­to­ber, 2008), Down To Earth had re­ported on this is­sue: kIn­dia has no ba­sic stan­dards for bus bod­ies. Till re­cently, a bus op­er­a­tor would buy a truck chas­sis from a man­u­fac­turer, and get it con­verted into bus at a body-mak­ing fa­cil­ity. The same sus­pen­sion, brakes and me­chan­i­cal com­po­nents would go into a pas­sen­ger bus as into a truck.y The wait for the bus con­tin­ues.

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