After two deaths in two consecutive months, the Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) has planned various measures to curb accidents caused by its drivers.
The issue was discussed at the BEST committee meeting on Tuesday. One of the major steps to curb rash and reckless driving by bus drivers is by installation of speed governors in buses and restricting their speed limits to 60kmph and 40kmph, for single and double-decker buses respectively. Other steps include measures to help drivers de-stress by rescheduling their annual duty patterns and introducing stringent safety norms for bus stops.
“We are working on the technicality of installing speed governors either in engines or accelerators, so that buses cannot be accelerated beyond a limit,” explained OP Gupta, general manger, BEST. The governors will be installed in phases, over a period of three to six months.
In addition to this, the undertaking also plans on improving safety norms at bus stops in view of approaching monsoon. “We are working on standard safety norms like putting the power-supply wires at bus shelter in PVC pipes, since keeping the junction boxes underground is not feasible. Our officials will conduct re-checks on these standard safety norms before starting the power supply, even after taking the certificate from the public works department,” said Gupta.
The administration also plans to make changes in the annual working pattern of bus-drivers. Presently, all drivers are assigned a bus route of their choice. However, if two drivers chose the same route then senior send up getting it. Therefore, junior drivers always end up driving on longer and tougher routes.
“We are planning to give drivers duty on a route of their choice for eight months. For the remaining four months they will have to drive on the route assigned by us. This way junior drivers will get an opportunity to drive on shorter routes and the administration can use that period to train or induct them,” added Gupta.