Mumbai : The maximum speed limit of private luxury buses has been fixed at 80 kmph by the State Transport Department, according to the new norms issued to bus operators. A copy of the same has been sent to each tour operator. The new policy also makes it mandatory for the bus operators to show videos pertaining to the safety of passengers after every one hour.
Following the Volvo bus accident on September 7 that claimed 11 lives, the speed limit had been restricted to 85 kmph. However, in the new safety policy, the speed limit has been reduced to 80 kmph. For the implementation of the policy, speed governors installed in the buses will be programmed to restrict the limit to 80 kmph.
It will be mandatory for the tour operators to display the video-record pertaining to the safety of passengers at an interval of an hour. CDs for passenger safety have been sent by Volvo Company to all its operators across the city. The policy has also made it compulsory for the bus operators to have five hammers in the buses that will enable the passengers to break the glass and escape in times of emergency.
An employee with Neeta Travels said, “In addition to the precautionary measures, the charging points of the buses have also been removed as there are chances of them catching fire easily. The speed governors are already in place and the speed limit will not be exceeding 80 kmph.”
Certain operators are however unhappy with the move.