Bringing Bus Fire Incidents to the Forefront

Bus fires are inadequately tracked, and as a result government and industry are unable to improve vehicles and methods for preventing fires, according to this article. A traffic consultant from Carlsbad, California suggests that there are about 800,000 buses on the nation’s roads daily, but that nobody knows for certain the frequency of fires on buses because there is no centralized database. The article describes the common causes of most fires on buses, preventive measures, the investigation process following a bus fire, and incorporation of technology into transit bus designs, which ironically created more opportunities for electrical fire catalysts. A shorter article about a motorcoach fire database created at the John A. Volpe national Transportation Systems Center, is included in this story.

  • Authors:
    • Atkinson, Claire
  • Publication Date: 2009-11


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 32, 34-37
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01149119
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 15 2009 4:49PM