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Old 10th March 2010, 10:41   #1
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Yesterday, while driving my Ford Escort, I rolled down the windows to take in some fresh air. My smile was wiped off instantly, when instead of fresh air, I was greeted with a blast of hot exhaust from a bus travelling alongside! This immediately took me back to my college days of cycling & bike riding, when I would bake in the soot generated by buses, especially at traffic signals on hot summer days. So, no change in the situation inspite of 25 years of technological development!
Why cannot Heavy Vehicle Designers re - route the exhaust pipes heaven wards or wherever, to spare the other hapless road users?
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good question, at least the pipe can be pointed towards the road. Some trucks have it right on the front left/right.
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The best thing is to have it as in Tractors, in the front. Even better, the pipe should bent towards the cabin to let them know how "clean" their vehicle is.
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The best thing is to have it as in Tractors, in the front. Even better, the pipe should bent towards the cabin to let them know how "clean" their vehicle is.
Lol that was a good one!

With the Volvos and other low GC buses the exhaust is at the back and at a relatively low height, so its not a problem. But for trucks and older buses with a higher GC the exhaust is at a window height of most low slung cars. Directing the exhaust downwards would mean a lot of dust being blown around if the roads are sand/dust covered!
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@praful, many times I had no option but to trail Volvos in the cities in a bike. Believe me their exhaust is not low enough. Either the manufacturers should come out with proper design or may be ARAI should enforce it.
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Old 28th March 2010, 14:09   #6
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Yes, Simhi, even I think this must be enforced, at least from the present set of new heavy vehicles being manufactured. Somewhere, there has to be a starting point.

The requirement for enforcing this is more in our Indian Cities, where there is always a huge pile up of heavy vehicles at signals, and it is quite tough to be next to them, with their exhaust fumes choking us.
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This is the pic of Metro Transit bus plying through the twin cities (StPaul-Minneapolis) in US; I found it polluting in terms of black exhaust fumes (you can imagine the typical black smoke that comes out of govt city busses), however the smoke was not hitting anyone's face or reaching inside of any car & all the more not sweeping the road to accumulate the sand at one side of the road. Is it very difficult to design an exhaust (at the top left end of the roof of the bus) as attached in the pic in our busses?
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That is really an apt picture, aargee! Just what is needed here too. Wish they make this mandatory for future heavy vehicles, at least.

Even a mod to achieve this configuration in our present buses and trucks is pretty much achievable at a reasonable cost, I think.
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Is it very difficult to design an exhaust (at the top left end of the roof of the bus) as attached in the pic in our busses?
It might not be possible or be very difficult to have that exhaust on front-engined buses. Even though many metropolitan cities in India have a lot of Volvos, Kinglongs, Starbuses going around, major amount of the commercial vehicle population is ruled by front-engine configurations.
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^^^ right, most busses still plying are front end engines; but why would it be difficult to redirect the exhaust to the top?
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If you have ever driven a 2 wheeler, you would have experienced the dreaded blast of black smoke from a bus right onto your face at least once. Its worse if its a poorly maintained vehicle with excessive black smoke.

Even if you haven't, the fact that exhaust tailpipes exit low to the ground means that the air quality at breathing level is still being polluted by these fumes.

If the tailpipe was mounted on the roof, then these exhaust gases will exit high and then rise even higher leaving the air quality unaffected at the breathing level.

In many countries, it is required by law that all commercial vehicles should have roof mounted exhausts. In India we should at least have it for vehicles that primarily spend time inside city limits.

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Old 30th March 2010, 07:19   #12
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Hi Mpower, these exactly have been my thoughts too, over the past couple of weeks ! I also feel strongly that this should be done ASAP, to spare other road users of exhaust fumes of all heavy vehicles.

I have posted my bad experiences with exhaust smoke, a couple of weeks ago in the thread below :

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/street...xhaust-ed.html

Cheers !
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The exhaust on a front engine truck is easy to direct on the roof as there is space behind the cabin but it would be difficult in case of buses where everything behind the driver is passengers and luggage.
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Its required! I've always wondered why we've not seen them in India.
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This is really a need on our streets. I would never want to stop in the traffic when a bus/truck is blowing hot gases directly to our faces.

Btw, roof mounted exhausts look cool at the same time.
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