Thiruvananthapuram: The KSRTC authority has restricted from keeping bricks inside the driver's cabin of buses. The direction has been issued after finding a brick near the accelerator pedal of a bus which met with an accident. KSRTC has initiated a probe into the matter.
Following this, KSRTC has given strict directions to the drivers to immediately remove such materials from driver's cabin.
During April last week, brick was found from the driver’s cabin of a Fast Passenger bus which skidded off and overturned on the Thiruvananthapuram-Kollam National Highway. It is hinted that the technical failure of the bus led to the accident. Brakes on one side of the bus had functioned during the time of the accident.
In the statement to the authority, the driver revealed that he used the heavy brick near the accelerator to keep his leg elevated.
Keeping such items inside the driver’s cabin is illegal. If these items get stuck under the brake, the driver will not be able to hit the brake.
Drivers are forced to depend on such items as the height of the seat in the buses is not adjustable. In some buses, the accelerator is fixed in an uplifted position. So the drivers will find it difficult to place their leg. So hanging feet for a long time without any support will result in health issues. Most of the drivers have been using bricks to avoid such issues, informed the drivers.