Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Dangerous ideas...

I have seen autorickshaw drivers in Hyderabad use a dangerous idea (in my opinion) for braking their vehicles. They had got the brake cables removed from the handlebar. Instead they had connected it to some point on the right outer body of the autorickshaw. Therefore to stop the rickshaw, they have to press the cable using their right hand instead of having to press the brake on the handlebar. I am not sure why they do this. In Hyderbad I thought they did this because many rickshaws seat a person on the left side of the driver, so it gave them room perhaps. I saw one in Bangalore the other day, where rickshaws typically seat only three (as per law). Perhaps the control from handle becomes loose with use and there is too much play and to repair this, it takes them time and effort. By keeping the cable separate, they can pretty much do it themselves. This idea classifies as jugaad in all senses of the word.

But to me it spells danger since using a cable is like using a rope, you have no real way of estimating the precise force required to come to a sudden halt or in stop go traffic - which would be taken care of by adjusting the brake cable via the handlebar.

There are quite a few shortcuts we (people) use. Electricians and carpenters use live wires supported by matchsticks or equivalents to plug their tools into sockets. Welders often use no protection (they simply look the other way) for their eyes.

This is especially rampant on the roads. In Bangalore people drive the opposite way on roads to save a few meters driving or back up into main traffic on main roads when getting out of certain parking locations. How can we get people to adhere to some basic rules on safety. They endanger not only themselves but others around them...

1 comment:

Kurur said...

In Hyderabad autorickshaws seat as many as 8 people at a time. Hyderabad is a city where people have scant regard for life or safety. And no one ever seems to have a problem!