The recent accident involving a bus of the premier service Shivneri has prompted the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) to plan additional lessons on safe driving for its drivers to ensure accident-free journeys.
A driver of a Shivneri bus was killed on the PuneMumbai expressway in an accident on Saturday when the bus he was driving rammed into a container from behind.
The accident took place near the Talegaon toll plaza while the bus was travelling from Dadar to Pune station.
Calling the accident unfortunate, officials in MSRTC’s Pune division said on Monday that they already have a separate team of trained drivers to operate Shivneri buses.
These drivers will now undergo additional trai ning sessions to avoid such incidents in the future. The administration will also initiate strict action against drivers who do not follow discipline, officials said.
The corporation said that all the buses plying on roads were already running with a speed lock of 80kmph to restrict speeding. The buses are maintained by priva te contractors at designated depots.
A senior official said, “Only seasoned drivers are deployed on the Shivneri fleet. It is a must for drivers to take up training sessions at the advanced centres of manufacturing companies.The drivers also attend the training modules planned by MSRTC jointly with In stitute of Training Driving and Research at Bhosari.Now, we will add more rigorous training to further ensure safety. The drivers will face action if they fail to attend these training sessions.“
Officials further clarified that drivers of Shivneri buses are given adequate rest time and drivers on night duty are not given back-to-back shifts or even double shifts.
According to authorities, if drivers are found indulging in rash driving or accidents, they can face inquiries and even be suspended depending on the gravity of the accident.
Flying squads have been told to keep a close watch on drivers involved in rash driving.
Every day, the Pune division operates more than 100 trips of Shivneri buses to various destinations including Dadar, Thane, Borivli, Nashik and Aurangabad.
The administration claims that there have been no major accidents to the Shivneri fleet ever since the buses were introduced.
Officials in MSRTC said that chances of accidents on the expressway are always high as many private vehicles travel over the speed of 100kmph, so a sudden change of lane or breaking leads to mishaps.
Source : TOI