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Recent fatal bus crash highlights poor enforcement of safety rules

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Search and rescue personnel evacuate victims from a bus that plunged into a ravine in Wado, Sumedang regency, West Java, on March 10. More than 20 passengers were killed in the accident.(Antara/Raisan Al Farisi)
Nina A. Loasana
Jakarta   ●   Fri, April 23, 2021

A bus crash that killed 30 people in Sumedang, West Java, last month once again highlights violations of transportation safety rules and their lack of enforcement.

A probe into the accident by the Transportation Ministry revealed that the bus had not undergone the mandatory semiannual roadworthiness test in the past year. According to preliminary results from a separate investigation by the National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT), meanwhile, the driver, who has died in the crash, used an improper braking technique on a winding downhill road. That led to a brake failure that caused the bus carrying 66 passengers to plunge into a 20-meter ravine.

The crash brings to mind a similar fatal ...

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