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Accidents just waiting to happen

  • Published at 04:47 pm November 30th, 2018
Photo: RAJIB DHAR
Photo: RAJIB DHAR

Is it any surprise that buses are so often the reason that lives are lost in senseless road accidents?

As the numbers show, our roads and highways are still far from safe.

Last Thursday alone, eleven people were killed in road accidents across the country in separate incidents.

So many lives lost in a single day shows that, in spite of recent widespread protests across the country, when it comes to actually improving the state of our road safety, we have a long way to go.

The place to start, no doubt, is by holding bus companies accountable for their actions, as it is clear that buses are the main culprits behind a large portion of road deaths.

Day after day, week after week, accidents involving buses continue to happen because of the culture of impunity that has been afforded to bus drivers and their owners, who drive with total disregard for human life.

On our roads and highways, buses can often be seen breaking traffic laws, cutting lanes, overtaking from the wrong side, holding up traffic, or slamming into other buses. 

Many of the bus drivers are underaged or unlicensed, and many of them still carry fake licenses, while some are overworked and should not be behind the steering wheel in the first place.

Not to mention the fact that many buses, both local and inter-city, are in terrible shape, and no routine checks are performed to make sure they are fit to ply the roads.

So is it any surprise that buses are so often the reason that lives are lost in senseless road accidents?

Enough is enough -- it is high time we held those responsible for road deaths to account, and send a strong message to all others who violate the rules.