MUMBAI: The state-run Maharashtra State Transport Corporation (MSRTC) has decided to incorporate several safety measures in the wake of the January 25 incident, when a rogue bus driver, Santosh Mane, hijacked one of its buses and mowed down several people, killing eight of them and injuring 32 others, several of them seriously.
As a first step, all MSRTC buses would henceforth have ignition keys and there would not be any master keys in the possession of the drivers.
Currently, several of the buses are key-less and can be started by merely pressing a button while those with keys can be run using a common key. And the MSRTC has begun the process to get new starter keys installed in its entire fleet.
Also, the security at the MSRTC depots would be beefed by installing gates at the entrance and exits to restrict the entry of unauthorised persons inside the premises. In the past, there were several instances of MSRTC buses being hijacked by outsiders.
Besides, the drivers will have to deposit the keys with their superiors, after the buses have been brought back to the depot.
More importantly, the Corporation has plans to keep regular tabs on the mental health of the drivers, during the routine health check up which focuses on physical aspects such as fitness and eye sight.