The comments under this disturbing video all talk about how rash bus drivers are. We have all been warned when we were learning to drive or ride, that we must steer clear away from buses. Why is that? Why has it become a norm, something we are now so used to? If an uneducated man does qualify to become a public transport bus driver, should he not at least be trained about traffic rules and consequences of breaking them.
This accident took place near Hunsur on NH 275 last week. Usually in accidents, there is a doubt as to whose fault was it. But, you watch this video, you clearly see that the bus driver was being blatantly rash, as though he'd been driving a Santro and not a bus. The motorcycle rider, who was on his side of the road, was hit by a bus which appears to be attempting a rally driving record on a public road. The motorcyclist and a pillion were thrown off at the side of the road, with the rider losing his life on the spot.
We read about so many of such cases on the news, that it isn't a surprise to us anymore. We just the say, “bus drivers are crazy”, and forget about it. But who is answerable for freak accidents like these?
Speed governors are mandatory for public transport vehicles, however what is the guarantee that all of them have been fitted with one. And it is not speed that needs to be blamed. It will not help even if the bus' speed is limited to 70 kmph, but the driver steers it around like an absolute hooligan.
It is not just about the safety of the people outside the bus, but also the passengers. Bus drivers go really fast on bendy snaking mountain roads, and we're no stranger to news like – 'bus falls in a gorge, several or all passengers killed.'
Then there is the question of humanity. How is it that these drivers not realise that they have the safety of so many lives in their hands?