Posted on 07/11/2018 in Transport Fire Safety 2018
Bus fires in Rome

Two bus fires in Rome on 8th May caught media attention, with a new hashtag #flambus with a total of ten bus fires in the city in 2018 and 22 in 2017. To date, few serious injuries have been reported, but in several cases the buses burn like fireballs. Many of the buses are considered old (15 years) but one of the fires concerned a bus only five years old. The city’s public transport company ATAC is accused of inadequate investment and maintenance. However, the problem is not specific to Rome. The US NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) suggests that 1 700 to 3 300 bus and coach fires occur annually in the USA.
“Why do Rome’s buses keep catching fire?”, BBC, 8th May 2018 and “Buses ablaze. Buses are burning in Rome … and elsewhere”, NFPA Journal July-August 2018

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