Every second coach has technical defects
The bus is one of the safest modes of transport in Germany. However, a study reveals serious defects in older vehicles. The lighting systems are particularly vulnerable.
W.According to current TuV statistics, if he gets into an old bus, he should exercise particular caution. This emerges from the 2012 bus report published by the Association of TuV (VdTuV). Accordingly, the rate of technical defects increases significantly with increasing age of the vehicle. After ten years, every sixth bus or 16.8 percent of all vehicles examined does not receive the TuV sticker at the first attempt.
In the case of buses that are more than 20 years old, this even applies to more than one in four vehicles. According to the TuV criteria, 0.2 percent of the buses presented for the main inspection are "traffic unsafe". Extrapolated to the entire vehicle fleet, this means that a total of 160 of the buses in Germany had to be shut down immediately, the experts calculate.
As the TuV Bus Report 2012 also shows, almost every second bus was found to have technical defects during the general inspection. On average, 15.2 percent of all scheduled, intercity and touring buses had significant defects. The TuV experts found minor defects in 30.1 percent of all vehicles.
One of the safest modes of transport
Nevertheless, Klaus Bruggemann, executive board member of VdTuV, warned against scare tactics: “From a purely statistical point of view,” the bus is “one of the safest means of transport ever”, emphasized Bruggemann, referring to the “pleasing” high proportion of 54.6 percent of fault-free buses.
The serious bus accidents of recent years have shown that accidents can have dramatic consequences. "With the liberalization of long-distance transport, the importance of coaches will increase", predicted Bruggemann. "Passenger safety must always come first," he demanded.
Another look at the statistics shows that this is not guaranteed for every bus. According to the report, the inspectors found deficiencies in the lighting particularly frequently, affecting every fifth bus tested. This was followed by problems with the engine and drive (5.8 percent), as well as rust on the frame and load-bearing parts (5.3 percent). For their report, the TuV experts evaluate around 50,000 general inspections of coaches and buses every year.
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