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Killer DTC buses run amok on Delhi streets

Subhendu Ray, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, June 23, 2013
First Published: 23:56 IST(23/6/2013) | Last Updated: 01:25 IST(24/6/2013)

They have not only replaced them on city roads but buses run by the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) seem to have also inherited the killer tag that Blueline buses once carried.

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DTC buses have claimed 32 lives till June 15 this year, ajump of almost 19% as compared to last year. In 2012, 58 people fell prey to the killer buses, of which 27 were killed by DTC buses till June 15.

“The trend is alarming and needs to be immediately arrested. DTC buses are among the biggest violators on roads and majority of them are driven by inexperienced drivers or conductors,” said a police officer.

A DTC official said, “Many DTC drivers used to drive Blueline buses and now have been hired by the DTC on contract.”

As per cops, while DTC buses violate all kinds of norms, most fatal accidents took place due to speeding, lane jumping and jumping the red light.

Speed governors were also tampered with wgich often sees the vehicle speeding beyond the prescribed 40 KMPH limit, said the police officer.

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In five cases of 32 people getting killed this year, the DTC drivers after hitting the road users even did not stop to extend help to the victims.

They were all later taken into custody.

The traffic police have taken up the matter with the transport minister and also the lieutenant governor and apprised them about the rise in the cases of fatal accidents by DTC buses.

While 82 drivers were arrested for major traffic violations till June 15 last year, the number has increased to 322 during the same period this year.

Police also booked 2200 drivers for dangerous driving and 220 for red light jumping this year.

Anil Shukla, additional CP (Traffic) said they will soon be conducting a sensitisation training for a number of drivers and conductors.

“We have requested the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) to sensitise the drivers. Our road safety cell and DTC’s operational cell have decided to conduct trainings to the DTC bus drivers and conductors,” said Anil Shukla, additional CP (Traffic).

About 3000 drivers and 240 conductors are being trained, he said.


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