I think the main reason why most of the people prefer Volvo is for below reasons
- AC Cabin
- No poor (most of people who use Volvo are better dressed than the layman)/ Local/extremely drunk kind of people on the bus - as the ticket is priced much higher for a common man to afford it. So we dont worry about indecent crowd etc
- Car like comfort - recliner seats, multi axle, rear engine, no engine noise in cabin, no diesel smell, no fancy light effects, no cheap 10 Oval speaker ICE tearing our ears at every bus stop etc etc
- Travel time is lesser than most other modes of transport (even lesser than most cars)
- Cost of ticket is high if we compare it to normal bus, but it works out cheaper than going in my petrol or diesel car for such a long drive.
- Many pick up points before it exits the city, so I have options to chose - may be one of the pick up point is closer to my workplace/home/ bus stop etc
- Some people like to sit at a higher seat than other buses.
- Plenty of luggage space - safe from rain and all weather issues.
I feel it's a system issue and no one (neither Volvo nor the driver) can be pointed out to be the culprit.
To be honest, most highways are decent enough for Volvo to do 130+ speeds,
These buses are well equipped to do these speeds. I am not sure if the Indian Volvo B9R and B7R has ESP, it is available in other country models. Speed Limit devices:
There is a demand in the market for AC + less travel time hence Volvo has made such buses and I hardly get to see any Volvo running with less than 90% seats filled. It is WE who motivated them to design good and FAST buses. If at all the speed limiting device is fitted, then the biggest USP of Volvo is lost.
Few of them would prefer normal state run buses to save money on ticket price. It would result in increased travel time, delayed/postponed meetings, discomfort (body pain), many passengers might even switch to diesel cars/cabs (more pollution) etc.
Limiting Volvo's speed is not a solution at all. Although at a higher speed chances of accident is more, we chose this kind of speed at the first place. Blaming Drivers:
We cant declare the driver to be the culprit, simple because he was at above 120 (that too yet to be proved)? Few questions to ask ourselves:
- Will I really take up Volvo ticket, if it travels at max 60kmph? - I wont for sure.
- Dont I feel safer and more comfortable in a Volvo than your own car at those speeds (let us not consider the 10+lakh cars here)? - 100% yes
- In most cases it is the Driver/cleaner who will be the first victim in an accident, so they also love their life and will not do rash driving on a daily basis.
- Most pillions in bikes feel at one point or the other that the rider is a bit rash/ over confident, but for the rider its routine and normal. A pillion or passenger is always more scared than the Driver.
- Wont I crib that these huge buses are moving too slowly (at 60kmph) on highways, wont I feel that these buses are too lengthy and too slow and that they should be on the left corner of road?- Yeah I will.
- Training the drivers will lead to increase in ticket prices (indirectly), in such a case are you willing to pay more for a sticker on a bus that says - Volvo Trained Driver? - I wont trust that sticker at the first place.
- Actually, I think I might not believe the sticker/certificate at the first place, rather I would see it as a eye-wash for the extra I pay.
Volvo with all its complex design is any day safer at those speeds than most of our small cars (especially the 10yr older ones which some of us do basic repair, repaint and put new seat covers and pretend that it is 100% safe. There is no real solution for this problem
1. If they install speed limiters people wont travel much in th
ese buses and then the travels cant pay loans and people go jobless.
2. No matter what training
we provide, the driver will be more or less back to his style of driving in a matter of few days. Still we can try this to some extent.
3. Speed Interceptors
- Common, we all know how bus drivers communicate to each other using headlights and hand gesture to alert others about a Interceptor ahead. 4. Drunken Driving:
Imprisonment for Driver, Cleaner and Owner of Travels for 1year! (or something equally big and painful) So that the owner, driver and his colleague all are equally taking responsibility to be liquor free while on job. NO MERCY TO BE SHOWN IN THIS CASE
, whether accident happens or not, if caught drunk at steering wheel, then lose everything the very minute.
Every automobile needs to slow down when they see a rough patch/ pot hole/ road under construction etc.
Basic understanding of ABS
Such small things needs to be injected into the drivers through simple, easy to understand training (with Video content).
A Volvo at 120kmph is not necessarily rash driving, rash driving can be done at 60kmph also (we see Indica cabs everyday bullying Scorpios and similar SUV). AR Ram:
+1000000000, You are absolutely right.
If I find the driver to be driving rashly, I should walk up to him and tell him to drive slowly. That's where things can be changed to some extent.
I dont work for Volvo/ any other luxury bus maker.
I have no contacts/ interests in any travels agency.
I spoke my opinion, mostly facts no intention to offend anyone.