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delhi Updated: Sep 12, 2011 00:17 IST
Rajat Arora
Rajat Arora
Hindustan Times
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'Earlier, it was the Bluelines. Now it's DTC buses'
Dr Sanjeev Jain, victim of DTC menace
New Delhi:
Dr Sanjeev Jain (38) feels that the swank low-floor DTC buses match the reputation of Blueline buses, when it comes to rash driving. Jain himself has been a victim of the DTC menace.

"Once while turning, a DTC bus was about to ram my car. Thankfully, the signal turned red. It could have been dangerous," said Jain.

The Bluelines may be on their way out but that doesn't make the roads safer for commuters.

"Earlier, there was the terror of Bluelines and now it's DTC buses. It's not just about overspeeding. DTC drivers don't drive in bus lanes, leaving no space for light vehicles," said Jain.

The number of fatal accidents involving DTC buses has risen in the past few months.

"The speed limit for DTC buses is 40 km per hour but they always the cross that. The driving is so reckless that they don't even notice other vehicles on the road," added Jain.

The Delhi High Court may have ordered phase-out of Blueline buses for being accident-prone, but low-floor DTC buses seem no less so, when it comes to the number of accidents. "DTC should properly train its drivers. Overspeeding by DTC buses indicates that speed governors have been tampered with," said Jain.

'Flouting all traffic rules, they are a menace'
Joginder Sahoo avoided a head-on collision
New Delhi:
While riding his motorcycle, the biggest challenge for Joginder Sahoo is to maintain as much distance as he can from low-floor DTC buses.

Sahoo feels DTC buses may be bigger and better-looking. But they are only a variant of the rusty, rashly-driven Bluelines, which are being phased-out.

Recently, Sahoo avoided a head-on collision with a DTC bus at a traffic intersection by. "DTC buses are flouting all traffic rules. These overcrowded buses are a menace to commuter safety and traffic flow. Drivers often graze against other vehicles dangerously while turning," said Sahoo.

With heavy engines, these buses are difficult to manoeuvre on busy roads. "It makes these buses more dangerous. DTC drivers are violating all traffic rules and there's no one to stop them," added Sahoo.

Not just rash driving, instances of low-floor buses jumping red lights have also increased.

Delhi residents have been raising serious concerns about how dangerously DTC buses ply on roads, with the same reflected in fatalities caused by these buses.

"DTC drivers usually try to overtake other vehicles. Quite often, two buses on the same route can be seen racing with each other," said Sahoo.