Krishna District Lorry Owners’ Association organising the programme on behalf of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways

Andhra Pradesh Transport Commissioner G. Anantha Ramu will inaugurate a refresher training programme for heavy vehicle drivers at the Model Driving Training Institute and Research at Ampapuram in Bapulapadu mandal of Krishna district on Thursday.

The Krishna District Lorry Owners’ Association (KDLOA) will organise the programme on behalf of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. The two-day refresher course will impart training in advanced traffic rules and driving skills.

“We have been implementing the training programme for Andhra Pradesh since 1998 and nearly 60,000 heavy vehicle drivers have been trained under this programme so far,” Association president K.V. Ramesh told mediapersons here on Tuesday.

Mr. Ramesh said last year, the road safety programme attracted participation of 5,000 drivers and the target has been enhanced to 10,000 this year.

“The participating drivers will be provided bus facility, besides food accommodation and a free health check-up. A stipend of Rs. 250 will be given to each of them and they will be covered under Rs. 1 lakh personal accident policy,” said association general secretary N. Raja.

Informing that the Krishna district had over 40,000 heavy vehicle drivers, the KDLOA members said they wanted most of them to benefit from the training programme.

Training on latest road and vehicle technology and awareness sessions on HIV/AIDS will comprise the training curriculum. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, a new batch of drivers would be trained and all participants will be given certificates at the end of the training.

Deputy Commissioner of Police, Vijayawada, M. Raviprakash, general secretary of The Andhra Pradesh Lorry Owners’ Association Y.V. Eeswara Rao and Deputy Transport Commissioner, Krishna district, Ch. Sivalingaiah will be present at the inaugural session.

KDLOA vice-president V. Kanaka Raju, secretary P.V.S. Prakasa Rao and treasurer Y. Sundar Rao were present at the press meet.

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