November 02, 2011

Governor orders Transjakarta safety evaluation after incident

Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo is calling for an evaluation of safety measures used by Transjakarta Bus Rapid Transit, and has suggested the firm hire a third-party firm to carry out routine checks of its buses following the latest safety scare on Tuesday morning.

Fauzi said that the Transjakarta management body (BLU) should make necessary changes to ensure the safety of passengers. “I have ordered the BLU to tighten monitoring. A special task unit should be set up to carry out routine checks,” the governor told reporters at City Hall.

Earlier on Tuesday, passengers on a Transjakarta bus had to smash their way out of the vehicle’s windows after the cabin filled with smoke due to an engine malfunction. The bus was plying the Corridor 5 Kampung Melayu, East Jakarta — Ancol, North Jakarta route.


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