Can the "wounding seat" of the bus be removed?

  Nowadays, more and more people choose to take public transportation for green travel. However, many passengers, especially the elderly, report that the middle seat of the last row of buses is not blocked by the front seat. Once an emergency brake is encountered, passengers in this seat will face A great hidden danger to life safety.

They called the middle seat of the last row the "most unsafe seat" and "injury seat", and called on the public transport department to phase out this kind of seat.

  The reporter's investigation found that the last row of middle seats are still generally installed on many buses in Beijing, and there are no seat belts or seat belts are damaged. Passengers lack safety awareness, and there have been too many accidents caused by sudden braking. .

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  "Wounding seat" caused many old people to be injured

  In recent years, there have been many accidents involving passengers in the middle seats of the last row of buses in Beijing.

Not long ago, Mr. Zhang, who lives in Cuijingnanli Community, Tongzhou District, took a bus back home after shopping for food in the Zhangjiawan morning market. When traveling south to the north to the north entrance of Yirui Middle 2nd Road, the bus suddenly braked, and Mr. Zhang slammed forward several meters, causing cervical spine injury and later serious complications.

  In order to properly handle the follow-up compensation issue, Mr. Zhang’s daughter approached the lawyer Li Weinan, “I learned that the old man rolled from the rear seat to the front of the car due to sudden braking,” Li Weinan told reporters that he also represented a similar case in 2005. At that time, Ms. Man, who was in her 70s, was traveling on a bus. She was sitting in the middle seat of the last row of the bus. There was no protection in front of her, and there was no seat belt on her seat. She braked hard and she was thrown three or four meters away. Lead to a comminuted fracture of the pelvis.

"This aunt only resumed walking a year after she was injured, but it has been difficult to return to her pre-injury physical condition."

  Li Weinan believes that the middle seat of the last row of the bus is not blocked by the front seat. Once the bus brakes urgently, the passengers in this seat will face great life safety risks. Increasingly, this potential safety hazard cannot be ignored."

  "The middle seat is high, and there are no guardrails in front and on both sides. It is very disturbing to sit on it." Ms. Lu, 60, also told reporters that once she took a bus from Zuojiazhuang to Dongzhimen. The speed is actually not fast. Maybe an electric car suddenly appeared in front of him. The driver slammed the brakes and rolled directly from the middle seat to the front of the car. Fortunately, he was wearing a down jacket and nothing happened.

"Now I have a psychological shadow on this seat. There are no vacant seats in other positions. Even if the middle seat is empty, I would rather stand with my hands on the safety bar than sit in that seat again."

Cause one of the injury

  The seat does not have a seat belt or the passenger is too lazy to fasten it

  At about 8:30 on September 15, the reporter boarded a No. 327 bus at the West Station of Jingyuan Road Crossing.

The bus seats are divided into two rows, with aisles in the middle.

Walking towards the rear of the carriage, the reporter found that the last row of seats were all set on a high platform.

Although there are 5 seats in the row and all are empty, an old man wearing a hat and a mask is still sitting in the middle seat with a plastic bag of medicine on his knee.

The old man was holding the plastic bag with both hands. There were no safety bars in front and on both sides, and there was no seat belt on the seat.

  "How does it feel to sit in this seat?" the reporter asked the old man.

"The front is empty, I feel a little worried. If you didn't brake hard, you should be fine." The old man said that when he first got on the bus, there were many passengers. Now many passengers get off the bus. Although there are more empty seats in front of the bus, he still has two more stops. It's time to get off, "It's not far, too lazy to change seats." The old man admitted that he was a little "lucky".

  At noon on September 22, the reporter observed for more than two hours at the bus station of Liyuan Station of the subway. During the period, it was found that the bottom row of the bus through No. 14 and many other lines were equipped with middle seats.

Li Weinan told reporters that because of the long-term concern about the safety of the middle seat in the last row of buses, he has personally experienced many bus lines, "Tong 7, Tong 10, Tong 11, Tong 12, and buses 809, 814, etc. The middle seat in the last row. There are 14 roads, and there is no protection in front of the middle seat and on the left and right sides. The hidden danger is very big."

  During the investigation, reporters also noticed that even though some buses are equipped with protective measures such as safety belts in the middle seats of the last row, the utilization rate is very low.

Guo Mufan, a 24-year-old bus fan, has also continued to pay attention to this issue.

"Some seat belt buckles are rusty." He provided reporters with a record of the analysis of bus models purchased in Beijing in recent years. "The manufacturer canceled some bus models based on customer needs. In the middle seat, some models also have a seat belt added to the middle seat. However, according to my observation, few citizens who travel by bus will take the initiative to wear a seat belt."

  A driver of the M1 bus line told reporters that although the middle seat of the car he was driving had a seat belt, he had not seen any passengers using it. "Our driver is also very worried about an accident." He said.

On September 23, the reporter took a random M1 bus. It happened to see a female passenger in the middle seat of the last row who was just looking down and playing with her mobile phone. Although her right seat belt and left buckle were very obvious, she did not use.

"There is a seat belt next to it. It's safer to put it on." The reporter reminded her, but the passenger answered without looking up, "Trouble."

Reason two

  Sudden braking is hard to avoid

  Not only are passengers worried about potential safety hazards, many drivers in the interview also called for the cancellation of the middle seat in the last row, because it is inevitable to brake suddenly while on the move.

“When driving on the road, the electric vehicle in front will suddenly change its trajectory without warning, and there are other emergencies. The driver must brake urgently,” bus driver Ma told reporters, although many vehicles have safety in the middle seat of the last row. Take it, but no one uses it. It’s too dangerous to brake suddenly. “Many drivers like me and drive on the road with fear.”

  According to relevant data from the 12345 public hotline, the number of complaints about sudden bus stops has remained high, and there have been dozens of related complaints in the past week.

On September 22, passenger Ms. Peng reported that she suffered a sudden brake while riding on a rapid bus No. 1, which caused damage to the suitcase.

On September 17, a passenger reported that when he took the 991 bus to Shifoying Road Station, he suffered a sudden brake and injured his waist.

On September 16th, the passenger Mr. Gao reported that the 130 bus he took was suddenly braking and accelerating when there were mostly elderly people in the bus.

On the same day, the passenger Mr. Zhang reported that the driver of the bus No. 921 he took was driving too fast, and he “broke the brakes all the way” and “driving the bus as a racing car.”

  On September 23, Zhang Zhenmin, a public transport supervisor in Beijing, told reporters that he had just experienced a sudden braking incident.

He was traveling on a bus No. 577. When he was about to swipe his card, he suddenly ran into a sudden brake. He staggered and almost fell. Fortunately, he grabbed a safety bar and stood still. According to the rules, the driver is forced to brake hard."

  According to Zhang Zhenmin's understanding, Beijing has clear driving speed requirements for bus drivers in urban areas, that is, to ensure that the bus speed does not exceed 40 kilometers per hour, and the driver himself must be highly concentrated. "In addition, some buses are now equipped with attendants. Safety officer. After the elderly get on the bus, the flight attendant safety officer should arrange for the elderly to sit on a relatively stable seat in front of them as much as possible."

  Respond to

  Some lines have cancelled the middle seat of the last row

  Beijing Public Transport Group said it will continue to promote

  In response to the hidden traffic safety hazard in the middle seat of the last row of buses, Beijing Public Transport Group responded that due to a fall accident of passengers in the middle seat of the last row, starting before the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the group’s newly purchased buses, the last row The middle seat has been cancelled.

  In response to the remaining five bus vehicles in the last row on the bus line, a relevant person in charge of the Beijing Public Transport Group Corporation stated that he would continue to improve safety measures.

In the future, the group will purchase new vehicles and will adhere to the technical solution of 4 seats in the last row. “The 4 seats in the last row of buses means that there is no seat in the middle of the last row of buses. There are two seats in a group, and there are seats in front of them. Seat cars are safer.” The person in charge also said that they will educate and train drivers, conductors and security officers to make passenger reminders, tell passengers to wear seat belts, and make full use of safety protection facilities to ensure passenger safety.

  For the five vehicles equipped with seat belts in the last row, Beijing Public Transport Group Corporation will carry out a general survey of seat belts to repair faulty seat belts in a timely manner to ensure that the technical conditions of the seat belts are intact; each team must check the safety of the seat belts daily and report the safety problems in time belt.

For vehicles with 5 seats in the last row without seat belts, the Public Transport Group will organize the installation of seat belts in the near future.

  According to observations over the past few days, the reporter found that there are indeed many bus lines in Beijing that have cancelled the middle seats of the last row, such as bus 695, 332, and 951.

After these middle seats were cancelled, some of them were set as gray boxes, and some were equipped with safety bars, and safety reminders such as "beware of the steps, beware of meeting your head" were posted on them.

Our reporter Zhang Shuling

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