While travelling like a 'moving coffin', why is no action taken against such buses and owners?

Ananya Shroff
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While travelling like a 'moving coffin', why is no action taken against such buses and owners?

New Delhi : 18 people died in a collision between a double-decker sleeper bus and a tanker in Unnao, UP at 5:15 am on Wednesday. 19 others are injured. The dead include 3 women and a child. The collision was so severe that both the bus and the tanker were blown to pieces. The bus was going from Shivhar in Bihar to Delhi. Just a day before, on Tuesday, a bus going from Delhi to Siwan in Bihar had met with an accident in Amethi, UP, in which 5 people died. Why are long distance buses proving to be 'moving coffins'? Why is no action taken against such buses and their owners? Let's understand.

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Human error is a major cause of road accidents. In most cases, accidents are caused by human error. These include speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, talking to someone else while driving or using a mobile phone or doing something that distracts the attention, the driver falling asleep and not following traffic rules. Apart from these, accidents also occur due to problems in the vehicle such as brake failure, tyre problems.

Nowadays, due to the construction of excellent highways and expressways, buses run at a very high speed. Due to good roads, the speed of vehicles has increased. But there is a limit to the maximum speed. If buses and other vehicles follow this, there will not be so many accidents. Accidents will definitely happen if traffic rules are not followed. In the Unnao bus accident, information is coming out that the accident happened due to overtaking. While overtaking, the speed of the bus increased and it collided with a tanker. Similarly, the accident that happened in Amethi on Tuesday also seems to be the result of negligence. The driver had parked the bus on the road and the vehicle coming from behind hit it. Parking a bus or any vehicle on the road, even if it is parked a little on the side, is like inviting an accident. Accidents also happen due to fog in winter or due to low visibility due to rain in monsoon.

Another major reason for these increasing bus accidents is that drivers do not get enough sleep. It is often seen that drivers in long distance buses work too much. They start feeling sleepy due to driving for hours without sleep or getting only 2-3 hours of sleep. Many times a long distance bus depends on only one driver. This type of overwork is a major cause of accidents.

Why are accidents not stopping?

The way people are losing their lives in bus accidents every day, it is natural to raise questions on long distance bus service. Should long distance private buses be banned? However, banning is not the solution to any problem. If these buses follow traffic rules, then lives will not be lost in accidents. But these buses are running on the roads in an arbitrary and dangerous manner. Neither is there concern for rules nor for the safety of passengers. If this is happening, then somewhere corruption or administrative negligence is responsible for this. The responsible people are turning a blind eye to whether the buses are following traffic rules or not. If there is negligence somewhere in this, then to some extent corruption is also responsible. It is an open secret that bus owners take bribes from various places to run buses on the road in an arbitrary manner. Due to this, no action is taken against them.

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