Alcohol testers were installed by employees of the Brno transport company on fifteen buses running around Brno. Drivers will not leave the car after boarding until they have passed a breath test with a negative result.
Alcohol testers are new in some buses of the Brno transport company.
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The aim of the trial is to increase the number of inspections without additional staff. The event is part of this year’s Brno Safely campaign with the Brno City Transport Company. “Alcohol testers and alcohol locks are becoming standard on passenger cars for road safety. In many countries, they are also mandatory for public transport drivers or taxi drivers, because they have a demonstrable greater sense of responsibility towards passengers, ”said Markéta Vaňková in Brno.
Although, according to the general director of the transport company Miloš Havránek, their drivers are responsible and have recorded zero seizures during preventive inspections during services in recent years, they do not want to relax. “If this technology proves successful, we will consider including this equipment in the tender specifications for new cars,” he said.
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Random checks at the drivers are carried out by the dispatcher before the start of the services, and during the day, dispatching and technical driving staff at the final stations. They make up about thirteen thousand a year. In the last seven years, none of the drivers have been breathing during the service. Twice the employees of the transport company dealt with the so-called residual alcohol before entering the service. “These were negligible values, but we could not let the driver into service,” said Jan Seitl, the transport company’s transport director.
The inclusion of alcohol testers in the standard equipment of the cars meant saving the time of the workers who perform the inspections. The cost of installing one device is fifty thousand crowns.
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Alcohol testers are in the cab of Urbanway buses in the driver’s cab in a special holder and are attached to the dashboard. Drivers put a replaceable mouthpiece on them before driving, perform a breath test and after its evaluation, in case of a negative result, you can start the car and start.