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Panic as passengers fight to climb in bus windows (2)

By Li Ying (Global Times)

14:48, February 16, 2012

Xu Kangming, a transportation expert and municipal government advisor yesterday said that "it is inevitable that passengers may get stranded due to congestion, but it would be better if the government prepares extra buses on stand by in busy regions to ensure order."

Some transport experts have raised the question of whether Beijing buses are operating while overloaded.

According to the 1987 version of the technology regulations on vehicle safety, the number of people permitted per square meter on a bus is five; however it rose to eight passengers in 1997.

However, Xu explained that "eight is just the evaluated number under which the bus is able to work, and it doesn't reflect the reality."

"For Beijing, the ideal number would be five or six," Xu noted.

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