The municipal corporation’s and Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) undertaking’s efforts to curb accidents involving their vehicles have paid off.
The number of accidents involving BEST buses and municipal corporation’s dumper trucks has been on the decline.
In 2006, the number of fatal accidents involving BEST buses was 54 and that of dumper trucks was 66. Till June 2010, the numbers dropped to 17 and 11 respectively.
“The number of mishaps involving BEST buses registered in the city are far lower than the number of accidents registered in other cities,” said A.S. Tamboli, BEST public relations officer. “Most of the accidents are not been because of the BEST bus drivers’ fault.”
An accident prevention vehicle is sent to all bus depots to demonstrate techniques on how to avoid mishaps.
“Our drivers also undergo relaxation sessions and practise yoga at our training centres,” said Tamboli.
The BMC is making similar efforts.
In the first week of March, the corporation had held a safety awareness week in which dumper drivers were trained on how to maintain their vehicles and drive safely.
In addition to upgradation of the dumper trucks, the corporation provides better restrooms so that the drivers are not stressed out.
“Since 2005, we have been using Euro-3 vehicles, which have power steering — a must for heavy vehicles. This year we have upgraded the model of the dumper trucks to Euro-4,” said B.K. Patil, chief engineer of the Solid Waste Management. “So that the drivers do not get stressed out, they have been provided with gymnasiums. They can also practise yoga there.”
The authorities of both agencies blame the condition of the roads and rash driving, especially overtaking, as the main causes for most accidents in the city.