British bus drivers don’t exactly have the best reputation amongst commuting cyclists but just be glad you’re not riding in New Delhi.
“Nearly a quarter of the public bus drivers in India’s capital — known for their appalling safety record — lack basic driving skills and hundreds of them have vision problems,” a survey revealed by Reuters .com says.
“Of the 9,500 drivers tested since the start of the year, more than 23 percent were found wanting in driving skills and in understanding of traffic rules,” said R.K. Parimoo, head of the Institute of Driver and Training Research. “It’s quite disconcerting,” he told Reuters in a masterpiece of understatement.
Out of 20,000 public transport bus drivers on Delhi roads over 500 had siginificantly defective vision, with five being almost blind. Not suprisingly they’ve already accounted for a total of 115 deaths this year.