Rome Has A Big Problem With Burning Buses

Yesterday, a public bus caught fire on Rome's Via del Tritone.

The number 63 bus quickly become engulfed in flames but thankfully, the driver and passengers escaped unhurt. Interestingly, as Statista's Martin Armstrong notes, the sight of a burning bus in central Rome is nothing new with people blaming Atac, the capital's transport authority, for the unusual phenomenon.

So far this year, nine buses have caught fire in the city while there were 22 incidents last year. In 2016, there were 14 in total.

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The blazes have become so common that they even have their own social media hashtag - #flambus, which rhymes with Trambus, Atac's previous name.

Unions have said the buses suffer from a lack of maintenance and internal investigations have failed to stop the fires. Officials have also warned that Atac services are unsafe and there is a growing risk to travellers.

La Repubblica has reported that preliminary investigations say the Mercedes Citaro bus suffered a short circuit before it became engulfed in flames.


SmittyinLA Fri, 05/11/2018 - 03:07 Permalink

Italy should just dump public transportation and go with uber/lyft, public transportation is a tool for imposing Socialism on the public, whenever public employees want a raise or more benefits or more debt-they park the public transportation and hold the entire nation hostage, fuck that shit, tech has terminated their franchise. Bunga bunga

HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Fri, 05/11/2018 - 03:12 Permalink

The one place I didn't use public transport, when I was in Europe, was Rome. It was horrible 20 years ago. I can't imagine what it's like now. The gypsies used to pickpocket outsiders. Now, with all the gimmigrants, nafricans, and assorted other riff raff, riding a bus in Rome has to be quick transport to one of the circles of hell.

Obamanism666 Fri, 05/11/2018 - 03:53 Permalink

Where is Mussolini when you need him? Bus was late because it caught fire is no excuse. If they are bendy buses then the same thing happened in London under the Mayorship of Boris, hence the Boris bikes

Easyp Fri, 05/11/2018 - 04:32 Permalink

Don't believe they just catch fire. 

In Africa Mercedes Benz vehicles of all types survive for years on minimal maintenance without catching fire.

ft65 Fri, 05/11/2018 - 05:00 Permalink

Not too difficult to work out the problem, the mechanics working on the vehicles will know full well.

Any person who has to maintain / repair a mass produced piece of equipment soon learns about the weak spots. This is one of the wonders of the Internet, once people start sharing their knowledge about crap products.

Able Ape Fri, 05/11/2018 - 06:56 Permalink

Turn lemons into lemonade - have a lottery to guess which bus goes up in flames NEXT!... Manufacture a line of fashionable asbestos clothing for bus commuters....

SubjectivObject Fri, 05/11/2018 - 07:51 Permalink

most the M C busses are diesel/gas

but there are some recent hybrid diesel/electric

with batteries in the roof 

?: picture shows flames concentrated about roof

all electric is far into development but not yet produced

surf@jm Fri, 05/11/2018 - 09:11 Permalink

"Unions have said the buses suffer from a lack of maintenance"........

LMAO!........Nuff Said.........

Wait, maybe Venezuela`s benevolent communist dictator Maduro can offer some tips.....

He has some experience with bus operation.....

Or import the Russian bus driver known as "The Punisher"....He`s a hoot!......