Rollout of protecting limitations on Brisbane buses to take 25 years
Partial security limitations had been put in in as much as 90 per cent of Queensland’s contracted buses within the aftermath of Mr Sharma’s dying.
However, the state authorities deliberate to introduce stronger specialised driver safety limitations, however they’d not match them on present buses, solely on new buses ordered from July 1, 2022.
Brisbane City Council has 1267 buses in its fleet.
According to RTBU divisional secretary Tom Brown, the council can exchange as much as 60 current buses with new automobiles annually.
Under this rollout it might take greater than 21 years for all the council bus fleet to have the stronger safety limitations.
Matt Anderson, who was Brisbane City Council bus operations supervisor when Mr Sharma died, advised the inquest the driving force screens can be “partial and narrow”, not “fully encapsulating”.
“Many barriers that were proposed for implementation required Perspex screens, which generate significant glare unless they are developed in conjunction with the design of that bus at the commencement of that design process,” he mentioned.
“For me, that balance that we have talked about previously about not creating another risk, i.e. glare and obscuring the driver’s view – that balance was achieved in terms of creating a high level of risk mitigation while at the same time allowing drivers to safely operate the vehicle.”
Mr Anderson was requested why the present bus fleet wouldn’t be fitted with these limitations.
“An element is the significant cost with retro-fitting a fully encapsulated cab. I indicated before that we had to be very careful about not generating additional risk, so if you fully encapsulate a driver’s cabin, you have the potential to entrap the driver if you do have something like a vehicle accident.
“There was discussion that you would perhaps require a right-hand door to be put into the driver’s cabin and to actually change the configuration of the cabin you would have to go through crash testing. And with such a significant fleet that BCC has, that was simply not viable.”
The inquest continues.