“Fire extinguishers, emergency doors be ensured in buses”

KARACHI: Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui has directed that two emergency exit doors should be installed in buses and availability of fire extinguishers should be ensured as well.

He said while addressing a meeting to review measures to curb road accidents of inter-city buses. Several decisions were taken in the meeting in the wake of recent tragic oil tanker-bus accident on National Highway link road due to which 62 people were burned alive.

Siddiqui directed bus management should issue tickets to every passenger and nobody would be allowed to travel without ticket. Name, national identity card number and other necessary bio-data should be collected from passengers.

SSP Traffic Police Dr Qamar Rizvi, Secretary Regional Transport Authority Manshad Ali, secretary Pakistan Transport Authority, motorway police, Sindh Bus Owners Association, Sindh Air Conditioned Bus Owners and other owners of inter-city buses were also present on the occasion.

The meeting decided that gas cylinder, chemicals and other flammable things would not be allowed on passenger buses.

The commissioner said all the instructions should be enforced within 30 days. “Bus drivers should not be tired while driving, they should not be allowed working overtime. The drivers should be active and drive safely. No drug addict would be allowed driving,” he said.

He said strict action would be taken against the inter-city buses using folding seats without work permit.

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