Reckless Blueline drivers piloting DTC into infamy

DTC buses, once considered the safest vehicles on Delhi roads, killed 68 people in 2012 and 87 in 2011. HT reports. ‘Killer’ on roads

delhi Updated: Apr 13, 2013 01:17 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

DTC buses, once considered the safest vehicles on Delhi roads, killed 68 people in 2012 and 87 in 2011.

Concerned over the deteriorating track record of the state-run buses, the Delhi Police had asked the Delhi Transport Corporation officials to direct its drivers and conductors to take up training on safe driving through traffic police's road safety cell.

Friday's accident, in which a DTC low-floor bus killed a CISF personnel on a pavement near Nirman Bhawan, comes as a grim reminder to the days when Redline and later Blueline buses were synonymous with death on the road.

Tagged 'killer buses' for their poor safety record, the sobriquet is now fast being associated with DTC buses.

On January 13, a woman was killed and her husband and child were injured when a DTC bus hit their motorcycle near Anand Parbat. Last week, a speeding DTC bus mowed down a cyclist in Narela.

"The drop in deaths in accidents by DTC buses is a mere coincidence," said a senior traffic police. DTC buses are one of the major traffic rule violators.

The traffic police have prosecuted 8,551 DTC bus drivers and conductors last year of which 82 drivers were arrested, said traffic police.

Last year, 817 DTC drivers were prosecuted for jumping traffic signals, 3,802 for dangerous driving, 592 for improper parking and 481 for wrong overtaking. Apart from this, 604 buses were impounded. According to traffic police, speeding is the main reason for accidents.

"The same drivers who used to drive Blueline buses now have been hired by the DTC on contract and they are yet to get rid off the tendency to drive recklessly on roads. And they seem to have no regret for causing deaths," said a DTC official.

"We have recently written to DTC commissioner offering training to DTC drivers and conductors," said Anil Shukla, additional commissioner of police (traffic).

First Published: Apr 12, 2013 23:18 IST