Insurance firms asked to make strict rules for Blueline buses

July 2nd, 2008 - 11:06 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 2 (IANS) Taking note of the increasing number of fatal accidents involving Blueline buses, a city court Wednesday asked insurance companies to make strict rules for cases relating to them. Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) Judge Swarn Kanta also asked Blueline owners to verify the details of the drivers before employing them.

The court’s ruling came on a case of an accident in which Dinesh and Ramesh Ahuja were killed Dec 1 2006. They were going from Shalimar Bagh to Paharganj on their scooter and were killed by a speeding Blueline bus.

“The cases related to compensation of Blueline victims give me a sense of deep anguish and at this stage MACT courts are full of them,” said Kanta in her order.

“It’s a painful case where the young brothers lost their lives because of the greed of Blueline owners,” said Kanta.

The court asked National Insurance Company to pay a compensation of Rs.2.6 million to the wives of the two brothers.

The privately owned Blueline buses, considered the lifeline of the metropolis, have been dubbed “killer buses” after rash driving has caused hundreds of deaths on the capital’s roads.

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