RTC buses in­volved in 38% ac­ci­dents in 2018

■ Of­fi­cials feel that driv­ers can­not be blamed en­tirely

Deccan Chronicle - - City - NAVEEN KU­MAR | DC

The num­ber of RTC buses be­ing in­volved in ac­ci­dents is on the rise, with the lat­est be­ing a fa­tal one in Se­cun­der­abad. Thirty-eight per cent of ac­ci­dents re­ported in the city last year in­volved RTC buses, traf­fic po­lice data said.

Ac­cord­ing to the ad­di­tional DCP of North Zone S. Srini­vas, a case was reg­is­tered and a chargesheet was made in the re­cent ac­ci­dent.

Chief func­tionary of the In­dian Fed­er­a­tion of Road Safety M. Vinod Kanu­mula, how­ever, blamed the lack of main­te­nance of buses for the mishaps. “Bus driv­ers can­not be blamed en­tirely, as the road con­di­tions and crowded bus stops leave them stressed,” Mr Kanu­mala said.

“Imag­ine driv­ing a heavy-duty ve­hi­cle for half a day in the city’s traf­fic by manag­ing an over­crowded ve­hi­cle. The driv­ers should be given proper ori­en­ta­tion and train­ing ev­ery few months. When I spoke to the bus driv­ers, they said noth­ing was done after train­ing was given for the first six months,” he said.

Mr Kanu­mala said tyres and parts are changed when a ve­hi­cle is taken to RTA of­fi­cials for a fit­ness cer­tifi­cate and again changed back to the old ones. “The en­tire sys­tem should be changed as peo­ple’s lives are at stake,” he said. “After an ac­ci­dent re­port, an in­quiry is raised and the driver’s li­cense is sus­pended for six months, if fault is proven.”

Asked the num­ber of po­lice cases against faulty TSRTC bus driv­ers for caus­ing ac­ci­dents, an of­fi­cial said they do not record data un­der that cat­e­gory. “That data will be with the bus de­pots,” he said.

A bus from Ma­ha­rash­tra hangs off a ghat road at the Chin­narutla curve, 15 km from Sri­sailam in the Nal­la­mala forests on Sun­day. All the 40 pas­sen­gers, res­i­dents of Beed in Ma­ha­rash­tra trav­el­ling to the tem­ple town, were safe. Po­lice said the in­ci­dent oc­curred when the steer­ing wheel of the bus got dis­lodged and the ve­hi­cle drove straight through the re­tain­ing wall and came to rest on the moun­tain­side.

K. Sam­ma­iah

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