After two recent gruesome bus accidents in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, the Tamil Nadu government held discussions with officials of Swedish automobile giant Volvo to take measures for incorporating certain changes, including installation of speed-resistance equipment, in their buses in order to improve passenger safety.
The state government’s request came against the backdrop of two back-to-back bus mishaps in recent times, which claimed more than 50 lives. Both involved buses made by Volvo.
The two-hour meeting saw discussions on changing the design of the vehicles and include new techniques to further increase passenger safety. At present, about 300 of the 3,000 large buses in the state are from Volvo’s production lines.
State Transport Department sources told Deccan Herald that the Volvo officials have agreed to make certain alterations, including setting up smoke detectors, fixing breakable windows for emergency exits and incorporating speed-resistance equipment, which will restrict the maximum speed to 80 km per hour.
“The (Volvo) officials also promised to provide eight hammers instead of four per bus to break open the windows in case of emergency,” said a senior transport official.