BMTC looks to bring down rate of accidents

In the year 2018 there were 258 accidents involving BMTC buses and 50 people died.

Bengaluru: In the wake of recent accidents involving Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) buses in the city, the management has decided to impart rigorous training to its drivers and closely monitor their work performance.

In the year 2018 there were 258 accidents involving BMTC buses and 50 people died.

A senior BMTC official told Deccan Chronicle that the problem starts at training time itself. "Most of the trainers are in a hurry to complete the batch. Most buses are in poor condition and drivers who are hard pressed for time pick up buses randomly from the depot without any check. Hence they often meet with accidents. Hope the corporation will plan accordingly to bring down the accident graph in 2019. "

The corporation has also installed speed governors in its buses to ensure that they don’t cross the stipulated speed limit of 65 kilometres per hour. It is also rewarding those drivers who have an accident free track record.

In order to boost confidence of newly inducted drivers, they are being provided training based on their bus routes.

Drivers, who have crossed 40 will be subjected to eye-tests and physically unfit drivers will also be subjected to thorough health check-ups.

Stern action will be taken against drivers found guilty of rash driving or violation of other rules during department inquiries. It will include imposition of a penalty, cut in increment and holding back of promotions.

The corporation has also suggested to depot managers to conduct a complete check-up of every bus in their depots, every 15 days.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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