BMTC bus accidents – A fact of life or something to do about

The report in the Monday issue of Times of India about yet another person getting killed by a BMTC bus caught my attention. It was the typical news piece, picture of the boy who had been killed, pictures of damaged BMTC busses & some startling statistics. What is the reader’s typical reaction to a news piece like this? Read it, feel sorry for the people affected & move to the next page.

I wondered has everybody begun to accept something like that as a simple fact of life. It was an accident. It can just happen whatever one can do to prevent it, it can just happen. Is that how it really is. We all feel sorry, the people around the spot of the accident react angrily, stone the other BMTC busses sometimes burn them. Then what?

What can one do after all about it? Are the concerned people doing something about it? Is the BMTC doing something about it? What can they do? Train & sensitize all bus drivers to the hazards involved & teach all possible ways to avoid them. May be put more busses on the road to ensure the existing busses are not rushing from one stop to another in order to do a certain number of rounds. Bring in some strict road discipline authorities who have the latest gizmos & a sharp eye to spot any deviation in any form that could not only at one extreme cause accidents but also cause inconvenience to the others on the road.

What where when why how – who is asking all these questions out there? Anybody, anybody at all?

Today a life is lost just like that. It makes news just like that & is forgotten just like that. And then after sometime it repeats again. And then the same reactions.

Only hope the concerned authorities who matter are also not in a reaction mode. Hope instead they are putting in place systems, checks, procedures to prevent such incidents from repeating.

8 Comments so far

  1. Nagarjun (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 12:33 pm

    I agree with you Lokesh, that the BMTC needs to look into this and try to minimize these accidents. I think we cannot completely blame BMTC as there will be mistakes commited by the victims of the accidents as well. We all see daily on the roads of Bangalore how many two wheeler drivers drive rashly by skipping lanes and zooming past between the narrow gap between two buses. If this two wheeler guy slips and mets with an accident involving BMTC, it will be reported as BMTC mows down a two wheeler and everyone blames BMTC.


  2. Deepa (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 12:54 pm

    Even the traffic controllers dont control BMTC buses incase of the mistakes. If a private vehicle crosses red they fine them but these buses they just let go. i have seen many buses braking red signal, the controller is watching silently. If a 2 wheeler is caught parallel with the bus braking red signal, they will fine the two wheeler fellow but let the bus go. I wonder if these ppl have some understanding among each other!!


  3. Deepa (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 12:55 pm

    Even the traffic controllers dont control BMTC buses incase of the mistakes. If a private vehicle crosses red they fine them but these buses they just let go. i have seen many buses braking red signal, the controller is watching silently. If a 2 wheeler is caught parallel with the bus braking red signal, they will fine the two wheeler fellow but let the bus go. I wonder if these ppl have some understanding among each other!!


  4. Cindy (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 3:53 pm

    I have found it interesting that most of the reaction is against the bus. No questioning about whether it is safe, or not, to have a young child on a two-wheeler (usually without any kind of helmet) rash driving or no. I don’t have any judgment about this- I just find it interesting…


  5. Lokesh (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 6:47 pm

    Nagarjun, it is correct that these buses cannot be blamed completely. But the fact of the matter is they were part of the accident. And like all accidents there is always a part that is played by both the parties. At least most times.

    And Deepa what you point out is very correct as well. That is how it is on the roads. The busses seem to have special priviledges for sure.

    Cindy appreciate your comment. It is true that everybody who is out there on the road needs to be cautious & follow all rules. I agree that the post is one sided largely.


  6. Venkat` (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2008 @ 10:47 pm

    accidents are something that can happen to anyone…But the thing is that we should make sure that there is nothing wrong on our part…This way we can reduce the chances..But with steadily building vehicle traffic these things are bound to happen..All you can do is just follow the rules and travel safe..


  7. Libran Lover (unregistered) on January 24th, 2008 @ 8:37 am

    When I was in India in Oct 2007, there was a lot of news about the Blueline buses in Delhi killing many people. The shocking statistic was about 95 or so people in the first 9 months of 2007! People actually rioted in Delhi when a Blueline bus mowed down some 8-10 people who were standing in a group. Incredibly, just a week after those riots, another Blueline bus killed a couple more people.

    A few days later, I read (http://bangalorebuzz.blogspot.com/2007/12/death-on-road.html) that BMTC buses have killed 97 people in 10 months! That is almost 10 people a month. That is 1 person every three days, ALL THROUGH THE YEAR! When interpreted this way, the statistic is indeed very disturbing!

    Does anybody care about this? Is anybody doing anything about this?

    LL


  8. anita (unregistered) on January 24th, 2008 @ 10:45 am

    i think both issues have to be tackled together. i’ve seen bmtc and other private buses hurtling through traffic and it’s not difficult to see that it’s inevitable that they will cause damage driving that way. bus drivers (tempo drivers etc) definitely need to be given some safety talks frequently.

    on the part of people on the roads, they should also be more aware of crossing the road in traffic (or lack of it when vehicles travel faster). i have seen many people dart into the road just when a vehicle is passing by putting themselves and the driver in danger. people need to be more sensitive too on the roads.

    but the statistics are alarming.



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