* India - Smaller buses for DTC
* Delhi - Fleet shrinking, DTC looks at hiring smaller buses
(Photo: Large DTC buses on Delhi streets)
New Delhi,India -The Indian Express, by Ruhi Bhasin -April 16, 2014: -- The shortage of buses in Delhi, combined with poor response from manufacturers to tenders floated by the Delhi Transport Corporation, has pushed DTC to explore the option of hiring midi buses — 30-32-seater buses — which are likely to be introduced on a pilot basis on existing and new routes, where the ridership is not very high... The decision to go for smaller buses was taken as the acquisition of standard buses was taking longer than planned... For better response, DTC has, in fact, decided to opt for semi-low floor, non-AC buses as the high maintenance cost of low-floor buses is proving to be a deterrent for bus manufacturers to participate in the bidding process. Around 6,000 buses are operating in the city...
* Delhi - Bus manufacturers fined, but breakdowns still order of day
New Delhi,India -TNN -Apr 17, 2014: -- Last year, between April and September 2013, Delhi Transport Corporation penalized the two manufacturers of its fleet a substantial Rs 20.08 crore. The penalty was for breakdowns of the low floor buses that were procured by DTC in 2010 and are maintained by Tata Motors and Ashok Leyland as part of their service contract... This year it's no different. In February this year, the figure was 3.58 buses breaking down every 10,000km. DTC sources say that the unofficial figure is even higher. "More than 350 buses break down every day. A majority are low floor," added the official...
* Maharashtra - Black boxes on buses may become a reality
Mumbai,MAH,India -The Business Standard. by Swaraj Baggonkar -April 26, 2014: -- Concerned with rising cases of bus accidents across the country government authorities may soon finalise rules making it mandatory for long distance buses to install devices similar to black boxes seen on airplanes. These inter-city buses could then be monitored in real time relaying vital feedback to the control room including location of the bus, speed of the vehicle and driving habits of the driver among several other details. Overspeeding and driver fatigue were some of the common reasons behind spurt in bus accident recorded recently...
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