Turkish authorities have tightened measures on intercity buses carrying passengers after a string of lethal accidents wherein almost 30 individuals have been killed and dozens injured within the nation’s three western provinces simply final week.
Stopped on the exit of the bus terminals simply earlier than their lengthy voyage begins, intercity buses have been meticulously inspected in the course of the controls attended by visitors police in formal and plain garments.
Because the inspections proceed, consultants referred to as for the advance of the working circumstances of the drivers to forestall accidents.
Stating that there was a 50 p.c lower in deadly visitors accidents within the final 10 years with the newest measures taken, Bus Drivers Federation chairman Mustafa Yıldırım mentioned that there have been nonetheless a sequence of steps that have to be taken.
Stating that the drivers ought to endure certified coaching that features matters comparable to first support, secure driving and psychotechnics, Yıldırım famous that the drivers should even be supplied with humane residing circumstances.
“The bus drivers ought to be prevented from working greater than 9 hours a day and sleeping within the trunk of the bus. Resting rooms that drivers can use ought to be necessary in terminals and stopovers,” Yıldırım mentioned.
Bus drivers can drive 9 hours in 24 hours and sit behind the wheel for a most of 4 and a half hours at a time, in accordance with the present regulation, which additionally obliges a driver who works six days per week to take 24 hours off.
Stating that the transportation sector is having a tough time with the impact of the pandemic, Yıldırım famous that drivers have been paid low wages as a result of companies couldn’t compete with unlawful transportation and that measures ought to be taken in opposition to it.