Sorèze Accident: Spare Parts Criticized
21 May 2013 - lexpress.mu
The quality of "spare parts" used by the NTC to repair its bus is called into question.Fifteen days after the terrible accident bus Ashok Leyland National Transport Corporation (NTC), which caused ten deaths in Sorèze, questions remain.
Experts who have studied the carcass of the vehicle found that two "compression brake chambers," balloons air to actuate the brake system of the rear wheels are not identical. This observation and hands on the mat that the NTC would use parts of inferior quality to maintain its buses. Especially those of Indian manufacturing.
Former mechanics of this company in the state have already blacklisted this practice, explaining that such parts are highly disruptive to the functioning of these vehicles already subject to many deficiencies.
So far, police experts and the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) can not determine whether the fact that the two "compression brake chambers" are different can be a cause of the accident. Experts from the Mechanical Engineering Division (MED) of the Ministry of Public Infrastructure and Transport must, beforehand, test the air compressor, which is considered the lungs of the brake system. This review is critical because experts FSL, Police Vehicle Technical Unit (PVTU) and MED found a break at four different points on the plastic fitting reinforced brake system. In such a situation, the compressor is supposed to take over, blocking the rear wheels of the bus, which was however not the case.
"We shot the six wheels of the bus while it was still in Sorèze. They rolled freely, " a breath expert.
This element has also been mentioned a few hours after the accident by the Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam to explain the general failure of the braking system.
Besides finding local experts, Navin Ramgoolam wanted to get an opinion "independent"experts of two Indian manufacturer Ashok Leyland.
The Indians will thus explain how the brake system has failed. The NTC should take for his rank as regards the breakdown of brake connection, it has undergone a "coupling" of a second connector 8 mm as noted by the current opposition leader Alan Ganoo in the National Assembly. The fact that the connection is pierced four points already controversy. The bus had been interviewed for the technical control center of the National Transport Authority (NTA) two months before the accident.
The application must be completed within two months and will be submitted to the Director of Public Prosecutions will decide how to proceed.