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RTC’s accident rate in Hyderabad dips marginally

RTC’s accident rate in Hyderabad dips marginally
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he number of road accidents involving Road Transport Corporation (RTC) buses in the Hyderabad region has dipped marginally from 121 accidents (52 fatal) in 2013 to 112 accidents (38 fatal) in 2014. Speaking at the RTC’s 26th Road Safety Week at Musheerabad II Depot, N Venkateswar Rao, regional manager, said,

The number of road accidents involving Road Transport Corporation (RTC) buses in the Hyderabad region has dipped marginally from 121 accidents (52 fatal) in 2013 to 112 accidents (38 fatal) in 2014. Speaking at the RTC’s 26th Road Safety Week at Musheerabad II Depot, N Venkateswar Rao, regional manager, said, “Accidents can be reduced to a minimum by being alert and cautious and when buses stop at bus bays earmarked for them. Talking on the cell phone while driving should be prevented. Drivers should be patient and steady to prevent accidents.”

“Approximately one lakh people get killed every year due to road accidents in India. Some of them who survive suffer from mental trauma, loss of memory and limbs for the rest of their lives,” cautioned G Jaya Rao, executive director of the RTC. He appreciated the drivers for the dip in accident rate and urged them to make an effort to ensure zero accidents.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Jitender appealed to the drivers to reach global standards by reducing accident rates on par with London, New Uork, Los Angles and California. “Driving is serious business. Leave your worries aside. I will coordinate with the police to take a lenient view in stray cases where drivers are involved in accidents when it is not their fault,” said Jitender.

He also promised to waive the penalty levied on the RTC prior to December 31, 2012 and appealed to the RTC authorities to pay the pending challan from 2013 till date immediately. Drivers who did not encounter any accidents till date were awarded to inspire others. Prizes were also given away to students for their outstanding work of displaying pictures on the theme of road safety. A rally was organised up to Musheerabad X Roads displaying banners about road safety.

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