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Old 15th March 2007, 08:59   #16
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As the day goes by the the most number of incidents as accidents involved in the forum would be of VOLVO buses I guess.......There is simply a lot of cases reported related to VOLVO buses and their safety issues!!!

It is nothing to do with the Volvo buses, it is the drivers!
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It is nothing to do with the Volvo buses, it is the drivers!
Yes it the drivers who can not control the power / speed / size of the bus.
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by the way the volvo has seat belts for the front seat...only the front seat ....atleast i have seen them on most of the Kallada and Shama volvo buses which ply between b'lore and kerala
Seat belts prevent us from being thrown forward in the course of an impact or a sudden stop from high speeds. In the event of the bus being crushed as is the case here, there wasnt probably much that the seat belt could have done. Sad part is wearing these, atleast for the front passengers arent even enforced.

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Or the best idea is to show a mandatory video about saftey features before every journey.
Considering that almost all these buses have an onboard video, this is something which shudnt be very difficult to implement.

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This time the Police Commissioner has taken action against the bus operators, but predictably they have a large clout in the government.
Pretty sad that when it comes to knowing/having the right people in the right place, anything is possible.
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It is nothing to do with the Volvo buses, it is the drivers!
Well, we can't import bus drivers, like the airlines employ foreign pilots! We have to have vehicles that suit India - if drivers are irresponsible or ill-trained, then why give them dangerous toys to play with, that may suit European roads and driving conditions. I expect more and nore Volvo bus accidents as their numbers increase and unless there is some tight legislation imposed on bus-owners, more and more people are going to be affected.

Our conventional buses had the rear windowscreen - break the glass and you could escape - Volvos wierdly have no window (maybe because of the rear engines), but also maybe that is a European design unsuited for India. There is no substitute for having large rear windscreens which provide a emergency exit. For instance, Volvos have a front door only and if the bus is involved in a frontal collision (most common), that door is most likley to get jammed at the outset.

And all the reason why bus operators and passengers (in front seat) should wear seat belts - there is a tendency on the part of car passengers and bikers (who ride without helmets) to consider themselves immortal. Passengers in front seats should refuse to ride that seat if there is no seat belt provided. No point in blaming Volvo and the Government for such accidents when we ourselves do not appear to care for our own lives.
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Off Topic, but one more 'Red Killer' accident reported today. Makes for interesting reading:

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PS: devarshi's blood would boil on reading this....

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Off_Topic : 1000 bucks..!! For all the damage they caused..!!
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Well, we can't import bus drivers, like the airlines employ foreign pilots!
even if we import drivers, either they will go mad with our traffic and road conditions, or change themself as one of us in a weeks time.
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