Design hitch keeps new low-floor buses off city roads
If the new low-floor bus you are travelling in breaks down, you’ll expect a crane to tow it to a workshop. But if the bus is built by Ashok Leyland, expect the workshop to travel to the road, reports Atul Mathur.delhi Updated: Oct 02, 2009 01:05 IST
If the new low-floor bus you are travelling in breaks down, you’ll expect a crane to tow it to a workshop. But if the bus is built by Ashok Leyland, expect the workshop to travel to the road.
Senior Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) officials said these buses can’t be towed away in case of a breakdown.
“The tow-hook in the bus is little deep under the chassis. When the hook is attached to a line, the beam of the crane would damage the front windshield of the bus,” said a senior DTC official, who did not wish to be named. It’s one of the reasons why these buses haven’t hit the roads yet.
The hook in existing low-floor buses are not too deep under the chassis, the official added.
DTC managing director Naresh Kumar accepted the problem and said it has been conveyed to the manufacturers.
While Ashok Leyland’s executive director (marketing) Rajive Saharia could not be contacted, a senior Ashok Leyland official said the buses were built according to design specifications.
“With the kind of cranes we have in Delhi, this problem may exist. Either the front design of the bus will have to be changed or new cranes have to be bought,” said the official.
DTC officials said there are 25 problems in design, like positioning of the emergency button to open doors outside the bus, waviness in rear windshield and size of tail-lamps.
“We have asked the manufacturer to modify the design. Our technical team would again visit their plant in Alwar next week before giving these buses the final clearance,” Kumar said.