New Bus Body Code will make safe and comfirtable bus journey It will be implemented by Ministry of road transport and highway from 1st October
Date: Jun 28 , 2016
PUNE: From October onward Bus passengers will be able to have a safer and more comfortable ride as the Central Institute of Road Transport (CIRT), Automotive Research Association of India, Association of State Road Transport Undertakings (ASRTU) and the Society for Indian Automobile Manufacturers have prepared a new bus body code for the ministry of road transport and highways to implement.
More cabin space for drivers, emergency exits, fire extinguishers, proper illumination and ventilation, more space between two rows of seats and insulation of doors and windows to avoid rain water and dust are going to be the key feature of the new bus body code.
It will be applicable only for the new private luxury buses, tourist buses, city buses and state run corporation buses, nearly two lakh of which are produced every year by automobile manufacturers or bus body builders.
In 2001, the former ministry of surface transport had requested the Central Motor Vehicle Rules' technical standing committee to frame guidelines on standardizing the bus body. Thereafter, a sub-committee was formed under A S Lakra, the then director engineering of ASRTU finalized the 'code of practice for bus body design and approval' to the ministry.
CIRT officials said that the first two-day national seminar on bus body code was held here in 2008 where all automobile companies, officials and bus body builders had participated. For spreading awareness among stake holders, various seminars and workshops were organized all over the country.
The government had also made an effort to draft an accreditation system for enhancing the manufacturing capability of bus body builders. Around 500 bus body builders have been accredited so far, CIRT officials said.