Experts Finalize Standards on Bus Body Building

Various Technical Committees hold meetings, the 40th meeting of the Mechanical Engineering Divisional Standards Committee (MEDC) has finalized new draft standards for bus bodies.

The 40th meeting of the Mechanical Engineering Divisional Standards Committee (MEDC) has finalized new draft standards for bus bodies.
A cross section of the 40th Mechanical Engineering Divisional Standards Committee members during discussion on new draft standards for bus body building in a meeting which was held recently at TBS.

MEDC Secretary and Head of the Mechanical Engineering Section Mr. Cunbert Kapilima said after the meeting which was held recently at TBS, that his committee discussed three draft standards on bus bodies and one draft standard for vehicle stability performance in the event of tyre failure.

He said the three draft standards on bus bodies, if approved by the Executive Council, shall cancel and replace the current bus bodies standard, TZS 598:1999, Automotive engineering – Bus bodybuilding – Code of practice which was established in 1999.

He said the standard, which among other things specifies seat arrangements, seat dimensions and external dimensions of buses was only aimed at providing guidelines on how the bus bodies should be built, hence need for revision and introduction of new standards.

Mr. Kapilima mentioned the new draft standards on bus bodies as Automotive Engineering – Bus body building – Part 1: Terms and definitions; Automotive Engineering – Bus body building – Part 2: Specification for bus chassis; and Automotive Engineering – Bus body building – Part 3: Code of practice for bus body building.

Meanwhile, several other technical committees convened between 19th May, 2009 and 25th May, 2009 to deliberate on various standards projects at various stages.

On 19th, two technical committees, namely the Chemicals Divisional Standards Committee and the Documentation Technical Committee held meetings, out of which four draft standards for toilet brushes and mops were floated for public comments, while three draft standards for presentation and adoption of standards were forwarded to the Executive Council for consideration.

On 21st May, three meetings were held. The Textiles Technical Committee held a meeting and discussed five draft standards for bags and sacks which were forwarded to the Textiles Divisional Standards Committee for consideration, while the Processed Fruits and Vegetable Products Technical Committee met to discuss draft standards for tomato sauce, ketchup and chilli sauce. The Automobile Components Technical Committee met and deliberated on three draft standards on motorcycles and number plates.

On 22nd May, the Timber Specification Technical Committee met and discussed five draft standards for timber, and on 25th May, the Roofing Materials and Finishes Technical Committee convened and discussed and deliberated on two draft standards for concrete roofing tiles and fittings and clay roofing tiles.