Concerns about passenger risks: Call for inquiries into the spike in bus fires in Scotland


Calls for an inquiry into the growing number of bus fires in Scotland have been made.

A “thorough investigation” into the pattern is being called for by the Rail, Shipping and Transport (RMT) Alliance.

Since 2015, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service figures show there have been more than 200 accidents north of the border.

That includes a coach that caught fire in Livingston in 2019 while transporting schoolchildren.

The number of fires dealt with by firefighters increased from 31 in 2015-16 to 32 in the following year, then rose again to 43 in 2017-18 before rising to 48 in 2018-19 for a third year.

In 2020-21, the number drops by one, but so far there have been 12 deployments, considering the significantly reduced bus services due to the Covid 19 pandemic.

“These figures show a worrying rise in the number of bus fires in Scotland in recent years,” RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said.

We believe that fully researching this trend and taking steps to tackle the causes of bus fires is necessary.

“The RMT has long been concerned about the risks to bus workers and passengers resulting from vehicle fires.

There should be a systematic, industry-wide approach to bus safety that ensures that all operators comply with their health and safety responsibilities, that bus staff and passengers are informed of a thorough evacuation plan, that operators ensure that bus drivers can directly and easily contact emergency services in the event of an incident, that all buses are regularly inspected and that all vehicles are maintained.

After a double-decker bus caught fire outside the Glasgow Fort shopping center, an investigation was opened last January.

After the bus was intentionally set on fire, emergency services were called to the busy shopping center.

At that time, no one was on the bus, as the vehicle was stopped at a terminal stop to allow the driver to change.

First Bus announced that it was one of the latest eco-vehicles that was purchased as part of an investment of £ 100 million.

It was ordered in Glasgow city center for the Low Emission Zone (LEZ).


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