BRT buses to be fitted with safety cages

Written By: Regina Manyara-Gitau
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A roll over cage made of 3CR12 stainless steel is among prerequisite safety features for the high capacity buses set to operate under the Bus Rapid Transport System in Nairobi.

According to Housing and Urban Development Principal Secretary Charles Hinga, the rollover protection structure is intended to protect passengers, and operators from injuries and equipment from damage in case the vehicle overturns or rolls over.

The government says it opted to source vehicles to operate under the Bus Rapid Transport System from South Africa after local fabricators of passenger service vehicle bodies failed to meet the required specifications.

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Hinga notes that the safety measures would go a long way in reducing fatalities. “Fort Ternan bus accident cut short the lives of 55 Kenyan & left others badly injured. The headlines were about the 72 year old driver and not the spectacular collapse of the structure. That’s why we are insisting the BRT buses must come with a rollover cage made of stainless steel.”

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3CR12 is a chromium containing corrosion resisting ferritic steel developed as an alternative material of construction where the mechanical properties, corrosion resistance and fabrication requirements of other materials such as mild steel, galvanized or aluminized steel, aluminum or pre-painted steels are unsuited.

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Other specifications include two doors on the right hand side, driver controlled safety gadgets, roll over cage structure, stainless steel frame and electronic cash system among others

The government has put on notice local assemblers eyeing the rapid high capacity buses to adhere to the laid out safety measures.

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The government is expected to launch five BRT corridors in Nairobi in a move aimed at reducing traffic congestion in the capital city.

The five routes are Limuru-Kangemi-CBD-Imara Daima–Athi River to Kitengela road, Rongai, Bomas-CBD-Ruiru-Thika-Kenol-Murang’a road, Tala-Njiru-Dandora–CBD-Ngong road, Mama Lucy Hospital-Donholm to the CBD while final line will start from Ridgeways on Kiambu road to Balozi and terminate in Imara Daima.

Several countries have adopted the BRT system including neighbouring Tanzania.

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