外文标题：Luxury buses may soon have black box
NEW DELHI: In a move to tame reckless drivers of long haul inter-state buses, government wants to make it mandatory for all such vehicles to have black box, speed controllers and seat belts for passengers.
The black box will record the driving behaviour of the man on the wheels and also record whether the driver worked beyond the permissible hours in a day. "During the investigation of three Volvo crash cases, it came to our notice that the buses were in high speed when the accidents took place. So, these buses need to have the speed limiting devices," said a senior road transport ministry official.
To make a beginning, the focus is likely to be on Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra where these luxury buses ply in big numbers and are quite popular for inter-state travel on weekends. Sources said since many of such buses are relatively old, there is a need to fix seat belts for all the passengers so that they don't fall off or are thrown out in case of an accident.
Official said the ministry has called all the stake holders including the state transport authorities, bus manufacturers, including Volvo and Scania, next week in Bangalore where all these issues will be discussed.
The Centre will also take up the case of implementing Bus Body Code, which aims to make buses safer by using specified materials.
A technical investigation into two Volvo buses that went up in flames last year in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka claiming 51 lives had revealed that these had wooden flooring, inflammable seats and had no emergency exit door.
Simple thing. Can they put smoke detectors and alarms in the buses and trains? Many times people die because they don't react quickly enough in the night due to being asleep.
Safety first is not only for slogan, to be followed also. Meanwhile use of fire retarding materials can be explored in place of combustible materials.
Good. Should have that for all commercial vehicles.
i cant remeber when we last had bus accident in uk resulting in death !! think it Was about 4 yrs ago , but no death .
rajan loknathan (chennai / trivandrum)
These buses are squeezed to the maximum to get enough space for some additional seats. Just see the foreign buses where the entrance is so wide even 5 people can enter and exit simultaneously. Our drivers also drive at break neck speed and many drive after a stomach full of liquor. many drive continuously without break as they are driven by the owners of these buses. So many terms these buses turn coffins for the passengers.
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Bansi Lal (Pune, India)
They will find the ways and means of tampering with the "black box"; rash driving is to beat the competitor.
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Arnab Chowdhury (Unknown)
The govt. services like KSRTC, APSRTC, MSRTC really maintain their luxury buses good. They always have 2 drivers for any long distances along with an attendant. Also the drivers work in alternate days, giving them ample time to work efficiently. But most of the private operators, except a few like VRL, SRS, Neeta, are trying to race against their competitors and in return putting the lives of the passengers in danger. Ride the govt. buses or the reputed private operators and try to avoid any operator while travelling. These people are not worthy to run a long haul bus service.
These busses treat the passengers as captive customers for favored poor quality eateries on the high ways selling food at exorbitant rates with a cut for the driver and conductor. They halt the buses at these unauthorized stops for pretty long times and then try to make up for the lost time by over speeding.
tsgopala gopalakrishnan (chennai)
It would be a black day for the drivers and the owners of the coaches. doodu
It is boomtime for interstate bus operators. They fleece the customers. They have money, let them install black boxes
Anil Rawat (Unknown)
A very well decision & gud initiative taken by authorities
Tima Ag ()
But how much bus owners will follw them????