After a series of fires on buses, the Madrid’s city hall owned public transport company is set to hire 220 new maintenance staff.
In the last week there have been two incidents, which takes the total up to nine this year. In the past five years, there has been 45 buses that have caught fire. As this number continues to rise it is clear that action needs to be taken.
The average age of the buses in question is currently 8.3 but the plans currently in place are aiming to reduce this to 6.6 years. They also plan to incorporate automatic extinguishers into every bus.
It is hoped that these plans will limit the number of blazing buses but the UGT trade union has urged the city hall to speed up the purchase of the new buses.