Sunday, October 10, 2010
Tragic Accidents Involving Express Buses.
The newest accident killed 12 people and injured several. Almost every month we hear about such accident involving express buses with deaths reaching up to twenty or more. The authorities have been busy experimenting on all sorts of methods to prevent such accidents like enforcing a compulsory rest period for drivers, putting an officer incognito on the bus to ensure that there is no overspeeding, doing a more thorogh check on the background of drivers etc. But the accidents keep happening, reaching more macabre proportion.
If tightening the qualification, experience and good character requirement for EXB drivers would only cause a shortage of drivers, and reducing the maximum speed limit can cause longer traveling hours, delays and more expenses for the Company providing the services, what other steps can be taken to reduce the possibility of EXB being involved in accidents? As it is companies are
overwhelmed with the problem of driver shortage and rising costs of operation.
I wonder if we have ever thought of giving the EXB drivers more prestige and perquisites aside from ensuring a mandatory period of rest. What prestige? No, don't talk about giving them smart uniforms with a cap and requiring them to wear a tie. That's making life more miserable for them. It's more like providing them with a special place of rest at convenient intervals in a journey,
serving them good food and warm drinks. Maybe even allow them to take a short nap while the passengers stop to eat and drink.
A safe-trip allowance can also be thrown in, which can be accumulated over a month. Buses breaking down should not be blamed on the drivers unless there are complaints against them for bad driving.
Will all those ensure that EXB drivers drive safely with maximum concern for the safety of the passengers? Maybe not. They will only be very concerned with safety if someone they love is also on the bus. If that is so how about allowing EXB drivers to have a few seats on each trip reserved for their family members, close relatives or good friends. Maybe just two seats would do it.
The drivers can bring along whoever they want so long as they are close family members or intimate friends. With such people in the bus they will certainly not take any chances on their safety or life. Those people will also surely talk to the driver if his or driving is causing them some concern. Friendly persuasion is certainly better than a scolding or an angry exchange of words which can make an EXB driver more irritable.
Well, a solution has to be worked out before more people are killed on the Express Bus. The solutin must come quickly fro the EB seems more popular now inspite of the tragedies that g=had taken place.