Greece the place to live dangerously
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OPPONENTS of free competition among bus operators fear that safety will be jeopardised by poor maintenance. Even so, British standards could never drop to those of Greece, where, with about 62 per cent of vehicles unsafe, public transport and goods vehicles are said to be the worst. On Crete the official figure is 92 per cent.
Dear spares, said to be the main reason for this appalling record, help to make life cheap — in the 13 years to 1983, deaths in traffic accidents in Greece rose by about 70 per cent.
Greeks who risk their lives on buses must have lost their Elgin marbles.