Photo: Joe Muscat - [email protected]
A Bendy bus hit and uprooted this electricity pole during an incident as it turned a corner in Qawra Road, Bugibba, this morning.
The bus was carrying passengers but nobody was injured.
Photo: Joe Muscat - [email protected]
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Sep 19th 2012, 11:14
bring back the old and so called unsafe buses . they was safer than these modern r cheap unsuitable buses we have now
Reply to frank tokin
Mrs Maria Rosaria Brincat
Jul 14th 2012, 21:59
Today I went to Mellieha and desided to use the Arriva buses. I was afraid for my life cos the drivers, drives at high speed. And even when they turn you feel as if the bus is going to turn over. That is not how the customers should be treated especially those who are standing up. You can notice them trying to make an afford not to fall. i dought it that I will be using them again after today cos it not the first time that I ve been through this experience.
Reply to Mrs Maria Rosaria Brincat
Jul 11th 2012, 15:35
Agree with Dr Bezzina. Government should act now before a serious incident occurs. We now have the warnings that these buses are accidents waiting to happen. Mayor Johnston had the guts to order their removal from London's streets. Unfortunately decisive leadership is missing when it comes to Dr Gonzi.
Reply to Roy Schembri
Jul 11th 2012, 12:47
WHY is Arriva Malta Ltd. always in the News?
Reply to Thomas Rubicon
Jul 11th 2012, 02:23
This would have been unheard of if it happened by a maniac.
Reply to Charles Muscat
Jul 10th 2012, 22:21
These dangerous modern bone shakers should have never been allowed on our roads.It is never too late to make them history.
Reply to JOE CUTAJAR
DR EMMANUEL BEZZINA,MA,MAG.JUR.[EU Law],LL.D.,
Jul 10th 2012, 22:18
LUCKY SO FAR THAT NO FATALITIES HAVE OCCURRED....................do we await till some fatality occurs so that we remove from our roads these bendy buses ?
Reply to DR EMMANUEL BEZZINA,MA,MAG.JUR.[EU Law],LL.D.,
Jul 10th 2012, 19:44
Why am I NOT surprised???
Reply to R Zammit
Jul 10th 2012, 19:33
State of the art transport qalilna Dr.Austin Gatt. 'Arriva' breakdown u iehor iqqabbduk. Get of their way or else pull you along.
Reply to Rocco Camilleri
Jul 10th 2012, 17:20
Nahseb li x-xufiera ta' l-ARRIVA' tant ikunu ilhom jaqdu fit-toroq - hafna drabi ghalxejn li qed jispiccaw jistordu u arblu, hajt, karozza etc; ma' jarawhx. Jekk mhux l-arblu hareg ghan nofs. Kollox jista jkun. Saru komuni dawn l-incidenti madwar Malta kollha forsi biex iziedu x-xoghol tal-Mechanics, Sprayers u Panel Beaters ukoll. Warbilna ha naddu jghidulek, ghax alla hares ma' tkunx attent ghax jigbduk maghhom ! ghax id-DRITTA TAGHHOM.
Reply to Ronnie Callus
Jul 10th 2012, 17:19
Lolll now that is very funny, waiting for more pics like these they make me laugh, in the mean time i'll keep my distance from arriva. Loll
Reply to tyson vella
Jul 10th 2012, 16:32
According to a recent survey we've had an average of four accidents involving Arriva buses a day since Arriva started operating.
Reply to Victor Pulis
Jul 10th 2012, 15:22
How creative are Arriva! They managed to divide the number 12 into a white "1" and a yellow "2". This company is one big joke.
Reply to Jonathan Scerri
Jul 10th 2012, 14:50
@ Francis Attard
Lil liema ministeru rrapurtajt xi tlett xhur ilu? Mhux lil ministeru imissek irrapportajt izda lill-Enemalta.
Enemalta hudu nota. Grazzi.
Reply to Angelo Vassallo
Jul 10th 2012, 14:32
Imissa ma taqalawx l'arblu, l-aktar jekk kien diga mmermer bis-sadit bhal ma hemm wiehed hdejn ir-' roundabout' ta' Hal Kirkop kief tohrog minn taht il-mina ta' taht l-ajruport u li jien irrapurtajt lil-ministeru xi tlett xhur ilu!
Reply to Francis Attard
Jul 10th 2012, 14:31
The biggest mistake in this Arriva saga was introducing these stupid Bendy Buses on a little rock like this more so after bigger countries have and are doing away with them . It would have been more safer and profitable to have more smaller buses for sure . TheArriva vehicles are too big for such a little Island with restricted roads .
Reply to Charles Zammit
Jul 10th 2012, 14:18
I think that this is the start of a sinister campaign by drivers to rid the island of the dreaded "bendy bus"! Good start but please don't plunge the island into darkness in your efforts!
Reply to James Dewar
Jul 10th 2012, 16:37
..... and preferably not when I'm travelling on a bendy bus ( self preservation don't you know ! ! )
Jul 10th 2012, 14:00
In my opinion all these accidents are fault of the drivers who most of the new ones have no idea about how to drive a car let alone an 18 metre buss!! They should ask for training as in a week you don't become a bus driver. People used to complain about the other drivers of the old buses, for being rude or clumsy. They were right!! But id rather have a rude and clumsy driver then always ending up on the side of the road due to an accident or the bus braking down!! Absolutely rubbish service!!! The goverment should not back this up so he is responsible as well. Shame on him!!
Reply to Darren Aquilina
Jul 10th 2012, 13:20
This is disgusting, u know what could have happen if one of the cables broke ... all the passangers would all have been toasted.. imagine having your family on it on their way to Valletta eh... they would have ruined our life. What kind of drivers are they hiring ??? the only solution to get rid of these buses is not to use them anymore. WE DONT WANT ARRIVA!!! Bring back our old buses and DRIVERS!! PLS!!!
Reply to Heisen Berg
Jul 10th 2012, 14:44
Speak for yourself when you say 'we dont want Arriva' - and no way do I want back the old buses and drivers !
Amazing what a lot of comments come in at any news items regarding the new bus operator. This has been going on since day one and will no doubt go on ad eternum because someone is really working overtime to try and give them a bad name. This is an accident - and thank heavens no one was injured - that is what you should be saying.
D. A . Agius
Jul 10th 2012, 13:03
Judging all the trips they do, accident statistics are probably minimal. Don't compare them to your average 40min daily driving. These drivers do 8 hours or more driving a day.
In this particular spot as well, the road is very tight, even for cars let alone buses or bendy ones. Which means nothing for most of those commenting below but for drivers wil lmean that they have to keep extremely close to the kerb so that if they happen (this is a bend as well) to find some random idiot driving in the middle of the road they try to avoid the accident as much as possible.
This could be a driver error, but then again, let's remember that many have enjoyed seeing some other "experienced" drivers go away! Judging by the damage on the front, the impact was minimal, in fact even the rear view mirror is still in place!
1cm/2cm could have been all the difference! Arriva could educate some of the below commentators by taking them for an hour's drive on Maltese roads with buses. Even if it is the short ones.
Another commentator was also right in reminding people of the idiocies these drivers go through on their daily work. Case in point, not far away from this accident site is in front of the Bakeries on Mosta Road in St. Paul's Bay. Every day cars double and triple or park perpendicularly on this main road. I feel sorry for the drivers of the buses who have to wait for opposing traffic to pass or who have to wait for the common idiot to come out of the shops and drive off, obviously, at the idiot's leisure!
I'm sorry, but if the bus drivers are inexperienced or incapable of driving these large buses, what shall we say about the rest of us on the roads who cannot understand what is a parking space and that you are not meant to park your car in the middle of the road??? The only solution is on the spot astronomical fines.
Reply to D. A . Agius
Mr Clayton Mangion
Jul 10th 2012, 13:02
Arrive Could Consider Doing A Calender From 2013-2050 With All The Damaged Buses ! Im Sure They Will Go Up To The Next Millenium !
Reply to Mr Clayton Mangion
Jul 10th 2012, 12:51
MR FARRUGA WHO DESI END THE ROAD IS MALTA TRANSPORT WHO MADE THE ROOTS M T WHO BROUGHT THE BUSES M T SO IS THIS GOOD PLANING KEEP IT UP VERY GOOD SERVICE
Reply to albert aquilina
John J Borg
Jul 10th 2012, 15:24
AHHHH.....mr aquilina ...you skipped a few school lessons EHHHHH!!!
Jul 10th 2012, 12:48
Looking at this from another perspective , there is a saying in Maltese ''Kull deni hudu b'gid''
That pole seems to have had too much to handle and might have been the cause of a more serious accident had nothing been done to relieve some of the tension from the many lines pulling in various directions.
Reply to John Scerri
Jul 10th 2012, 12:45
Il- bierah fic- Cirkewwa kienu qed jiggieldu ix-xufiera ma ta' fuqhom ghax hadd minnhom ma ried isuq il- bendy bus! Aghmilna siegha nistennew no: 222.
Reply to Eve Axiaq
Jul 10th 2012, 12:35
Dan l-aċċident il-kemm-il wieħed???
L-ARRIVA aktar issemmiet għal-kummidji milli għal servizz tajjeb. Kemm taqta Sur Ministru Gatt!!!
Reply to Mario Camilleri
Jul 10th 2012, 12:32
X'tistenna hu dan min Vettura li taghmel gurnata shieha taqad madwar Malta. Wara kollox hafna xufiera jonqoshom jiehdu ftit aktar esperjenza ukoll ... Pero ta min wieghed jinnota li Hafna Xufiera Nisa issa ukoll qed isibu l-impjieg taghom ma l-Arriva u dawn sejrin tajjeb hafna ukoll jekk Alla irried .
Kif qall xi hadd iva l Accident min dejjem kienu fit transport kemm mil kumpanija li kellhna u kemm mil Arriva ... Waqt li nistennew iktar attenzjoni mix xufiera j-Alla ma jkolniex accidenti aktar gravi ...
Reply to Anthony Arpa
Jul 10th 2012, 12:26
l-Arriva spiccaw mhux nies biss jghabbu, imma anke xi arblu !!!
Charles Caruana Carabez
Jul 10th 2012, 12:22
Reply to Charles Caruana Carabez
Jul 10th 2012, 12:06
The pole was hit from the front of the buses this seems to be the drivers miss calculating the pole.All the new buses big or small are full of dents , scratches, damaged paneling etc.. within a short time these will soon need to be replaced again.Maybe the company is responsible for all the damage being done on the buses.Some form of supervision needs to be made so to reduce these accidents.This accident could have been very serious if the electricity making contact with the bus resulting in an electrocuting the passengers on board. Luckily no one was hurt hope some form of action will be taken before it is to late.
Reply to Andrew Scicluna
Jul 10th 2012, 11:16
Gie impjegat hafna studju u ricerka qabel ma iddahlu dawn it-tip ta vetturi.
Min gabhom u iddecida vera ghamel xoghol bir-reqqa u ta livell gholi.
Keep it up!
Reply to A Cardona
Jul 10th 2012, 11:14
prfopaganda kontra l-arriva u xejn aktar meta kellna l-pbuses l-ohra kien hawn accidents, u jigu liema buses jigu f'Malta jibqa ikun hawn. Hemm hafna fatturi ghal dawn l-incidenti, mhux il-kobor tgal-bues biss imma t-toroq minflok twessaw djiequ, certa drivers mhux imharga bizzejjed kif juzaw dawn il-karozzi, parkjar hazin, toroq li ghndhom bzonn tiswija u affrijiet ohra.
Reply to M Farrugia
Joseph John Camilleri
Jul 10th 2012, 14:47
Sur Farrugia semmejt il-propaganda kontra l-Arriva. Veru hekk hu. Niskanta kif qatt ma ntqal xejn fuq dawk il-coaches enormi ta' kumpaniji privati, iduru bit-turisti, fihom daqs ta' l-Arriva u gholjin kkwazi zewg sulari. Dawn tajbin ghal Malta?
Jul 10th 2012, 11:10
Il-BUZZOLLOTTI ( bis-sussidji mit-taxxi taghna) jkomplu, altru milli kif qal l'Onor Austin Gatt, li kellhom jispispiccaw bl-AVENT TA' l'ARRIVS bis-second hand bendy buses li wikkew il-pajjiz bih!
Reply to A. Mizzi
Jul 10th 2012, 10:13
I could see this accident from my back window. Enemalta workers were there in two minutes and cleared the mess in less then an hour, in this blazing sun! And some idiots post comments complaining that Enemalta workers do nothing!!!!!!!!!!!
Reply to Raymond Sacco
Jul 10th 2012, 10:44
I agree with you Ray ,some bloggers here don't recognise what enemalta workers do and their jobs are not easy ....just moaning on everything....i would like to see these moaners do in their life ...perhaps just put blogs on TIMES !!!!!!
Jul 10th 2012, 11:25
One swallow does not a summer make.Most complaints about Enemalta are justified and why no mention of the many power failures then -as these must be someone else's responsibility and fault.
Jul 10th 2012, 12:55
Jul 10th 2012, 12:57
Mr. Murray, my comment concerned Enemalta employees not Enemalta company. You cannot know what you are talking about when blaming power failures on the employees! You seem yo have no idea of the work involved in keeping and maintaining an out dated power station (Marsa) working with no spare parts available. It seems you have no idea of working in the afternoon August sun or January stormy nights in the middle of nowhere during an emergency! You seem to have no idea of all kinds of dangerous situations which the employees face! It's so easy to scribble comments about issues in which you seem to be so much uninformed. I suggest you stick to Summers and swallows!
Jul 10th 2012, 15:15
When you work as an employee at enemalta generation ,then you will know and change your mind about the circumstances of the faults that you can face....thousands of faults could happen when electricity is gone ,as today a bus hit the pole =out of service electricity in Qawra ....Mr Murray and Sharon....
Jul 10th 2012, 10:08
Qabel kellna sidin tax-xarabank li kienu arroganti u maledukati pero kont tasal kwazi dejjem fil-hin u rari li kont tara trakk wieqaf,
illum ghandek xufiera impjegati li wara sena isuqu dawn it-trakkijiet ghadom anqas drawom u barra minn hekk xufier ma jimpurtahx jekk jiqafx jew jahbat bit-trakk ghax filkas jitfa mal-genb u jhalli lil kulhadd jistenna ghax il-paga dihla xorta.
Kemm konna ahjar meta minalina konna aghar!
Reply to George Cremona
Jul 10th 2012, 10:31
Jul 10th 2012, 10:40
You think so?
Ask the older generation if it was better to get on the old buses or the new ones.
And what, may I ask, could the driver do in this case? Carry all the people on his back?
The buses are to blame; they are not suitable for our roads.
Jul 10th 2012, 11:39
Don't blame the drivers it's the management at fault.
Re the ATP I used to drive a bus and once it broke down on a journey I simply made the passengers aboard the next coming bus which showed up in 5min to the same destination.
We used to care for what was and is still referred to as junk buses. Wonder how the low floors are still being used by Arriva if they were so junk and you can find some of the old MALTESE BUSES working in England wonder of all so junk and pass the MOT over there.
Jul 10th 2012, 12:21
hekk tahseb li ma natux kass kemm sejer zball siehbi iktar jekk jiqaflek it trakk meta tkun sejer al break wara li tkun ilek xi 5 sijat isuq u sakemm jigi mechanik isewi trakk u tasal jadilek il break u kif tasal tried terga titlaq ta xi 4 sijat ohra u inti tahseb li ax il paga dihla ahna ala bibna min nies. hadt minkom ma jsemi kemm il karozzi zghar jiparkja bladocc u li kiku tistaw idahlu il karozzi andt tal hanut u ala bibkom min nies li hemm fit trakk u mix xuffier li jried ihabel is suf min fejn ha jadi ax tal karozza telaq min go fija u tpaqpaq kemm tpaqpaq al xejn qatt ma semu meta jaqbdu jalqu triq ax xi hadt andu bzonn crane jew da zmien ta festi jinalqu toroq minajr ma nigu avzati u xuffier iried ihabat rasu u xha jamel u min fejn iried jadi dak miskom isemu mhux tmaqdru biss fuq ix xuffiera tafu bisss
Jul 10th 2012, 12:44
Mela lébda gvern ma jista jimpiega public servants kif qed tghid int.
Kullhad ihok fejn jieklu.
Jul 10th 2012, 13:25
Il-maniġment, il-karozzi, ir-rotot, il-'bus stops', l-attitudni u x-xuffiera etċ, etċ huma kollha f'pakkett wieħed, pakkett li ma kellux joffri "bużullotti aktar" anzi pakkett bit-titlu ta' "żmien il-bużullotti issa għadda" u dan kollu lilna qed jiswina €1.30 bl-irħas biljett, dejjem jekk tuża s-serviżż, għax filfatt jaqbillek tuża l-karozza privata għax tasal malajr, ma tridx taħseb minn ħafna qabel u taħli fjuwil l-istess b'kemm jiswa l-biljett. Finalment, il-poplu qed iħallas, u qed iħallas bl-għoli ta' servizz diżutli ġej minfejn hu ġej in-nuqqas.
Sentejn ilu kelli t-tifel għall-eżamijiet u f'ħafna minnhom mar b'tal-linja ta' dak iż-żmien u dejjem wasal tajjeb kif ukoll ma kellux jaħseb minn siegħat qabel, inkluż ukoll il-prezz ma kienx għoli.
Din is-sena kelli t-tifla għall-eżamijiet u kelli nieħu l-'leave' biex inwassalha. Filfatt, wieħed kien jara kemm kien hawn din-sena staġġnar tat-traffiku, għaliex il-maġġoranza kollha kellhom jużaw il-vetturi tagħhom. U dan meta SUPPOST għandna servizz adekwat min dak li kellna qabel.
Minn naħa l-oħra, jekk il-ħaddiema mintkomx tratti tajjeb, din bir-rispett kollu m'hix problema tagħna. Naħseb li jekk inti tordna xi ħaġa li għaliha ser tħallas u bit-tajjeb, naħseb li ma tatċċettax prodott mhux tajjeb!!!
Il-problema hija li din it-taqliba fis-servizz tat-trasport pubbliku saret politiċizzata tant li hawn ħafna jfaħħru s-servizz meta qatt m'użawh u qiegħed ibagħti min proprju għandu bżonnu.
Jul 10th 2012, 10:01
I was a passenger on this particular bus 703 on route 91 from Marsascala to Valletta. It is not air-conditioned and tempers flared because of the impossible heat. Do us all a favour, Arriva, and stick to your contract. Thank you.
Reply to Marika Fenech
Jul 10th 2012, 12:07
Contract?? What contract? Oh you mean Arriva biased flexible operating conditions!!
Mr Daniel Jones
Jul 10th 2012, 12:15
My god, he really got lost then if he crashed in Bugibba. No wonder there are complaints.
Jul 10th 2012, 12:39
@ Mr Daniel Jones the bus was on a different route number 12 as u can see in the photo above that's from bugibba via sliema to valletta and not got lost like ur going on about
Jul 10th 2012, 09:51
i think double decker buses would be better for malta
Reply to adrian agius
Jul 10th 2012, 10:06
So instead of hitting poles on the side, they would drag down the various wires above.
Joseph M Scicluna
Jul 10th 2012, 11:03
@ Dennis Zammit
......you forgot the balconies!!!!
Jul 10th 2012, 12:46
Karettun u hmar izjet ahjar.
Jul 10th 2012, 09:49
Scrap them immediately as the Mayor of London did. Have we changed to hoarders?
Reply to Dennis Zammit
Jul 10th 2012, 09:44
This bus didn't live its time to get a coat of Aquamarine paint. It is still in its white plastic wrap covering the red London Transport livery!
Jul 10th 2012, 09:39
If local councils have the power please ban these bendy buses from our roads especially from tower road sliema and paceville cause they are causing rebus in the traffic system . they are too big and heavy to be used in the inner parts of the towns , they must be used only for outskirts .
Reply to leli farrugia
Jul 10th 2012, 09:37
Now we had enough of these bendy buses. These are causing havoc in our streets/roads.
If these were not good for London then definetly are not good for the narrow streets of Malta. And what about the seriousness of the colour of the bus where it should be torqouise like the others and also the mirrors, one in black and the other in yellow!!!!!!!!!!!!! One year old and still with the same problems.
Reply to John Zarb
Jul 10th 2012, 09:07
Bad drivers that is, not bad buses.
Reply to anthony sultana
Jul 10th 2012, 10:34
so happen. It has nothing to do with the drivers. These buses are not suitable for Maltese roads.
Jul 10th 2012, 10:52
Fenech MD - if it was always down to the buses, then every bus along this piece of road would have hit the same pole. The buses do not "aim" themselves.
Mr Sultana is correct - "bad drivers, not bad buses"
Jul 10th 2012, 08:57
Mayor Boris Johnson called them the "Writhing Whales of the Road" before he banned them from the streets of London.
How right he was!
Reply to Victor Laiviera
Jul 10th 2012, 08:51
Konferma ta kemm ghandna servizz 'ahjar'! Sa anka jqacctu l arbli tad dawl qeghdin! Pajjiz tal mickey mouse!
Reply to Paul Smith
Jul 10th 2012, 09:19
Accident... x'ghandu x'jaqsam mas servizz!!!
Nahseb zgur gost u pjacir taghha l Arriva li grala dan l accident!
Jul 10th 2012, 14:54
Xbajt nisma' qrid. Ara kieku gabhom JMPL hadd ma kien jghid xejn.
Jul 10th 2012, 08:50
dawn il-bendy buses hlief perikli mhux qed joholqu! Ftit ilu rajt wahda ddur mar-roundabout tal-airport - u ha nghidilkom trid twarbilha min-nofs u allahares tghaddi minn mieghek ghax il-bicca ta' wara tghidx kemm tixxejjer!
Reply to R Axisa
Mr David Ganado
Jul 10th 2012, 09:43
There are signs all round the bus advising of its size and warning to keep your distance. If you think you are a better driver and can manage to squeeze in-between, but then get hit, you have no one else to blame but yourself.
Jul 10th 2012, 10:27
Skuzi Mr Ganado, jekk taf taqra sew, imkien ma ghedt jien li pruvajt niddeffes hdejn il-bendy bus li rajt iddur mar-roundabout tal-airport. Jien ghedt li RAJT wahda ddur - m'ghandix ghalfejn nistenna lilek tigi tghidli biex noqghod 'il boghod minn dawn il-bendy busses. U biex inkun ghedt kollox, inzomm 'il boghod minn kull vettura kbira fit-triq - better safe than sorry - dan il-motto tieghi fis-sewqan. U ghall-grazzja t'Alla ilni nsuq 27 sena u s'issa qatt ma kelli l-icken accident.
Jul 10th 2012, 10:29
@ Mr Ganado: Sir, I have never even once written to criticise these new buses; however, you have to admit that they are far too big and long for our Maltese roads - fact.
Yes, I agree with you. Actually, when I drive, as soon as I see a bus (well, even a truck or large vehicle) I tend to give way because I know well enough the mentality of large-vehicle drivers. That having been said, you DO so many polite Arriva drivers, for which we should be thankful.
Mar 14th, 12:15
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