Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADA: Stressing the need for providing refresher training for all heavy vehicle drivers, Deputy Transport Commissioner T. Raghunath on Tuesday felt that the duration of the training should be at least four to five days.

He was speaking as chief guest at the valedictory of refresher course for heavy vehicle drivers conducted jointly by the Union Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways and the Krishna District Lorry Owners Association (KDLOA). The training was conducted at the Model Driving School of the KDLOA at Ampapuram, while the valedictory was organised at the KDLOA office at Benz Circle.

Over 8,000 drivers from coastal Andhra region took part in the two-day training held in different batches since January this year.

Mr. Raghunath said that the expansion of roads and the use of modern technology in the making of heavy vehicles were creating confusion among drivers, as most of them did not possess minimum educational qualification. “It is the need of the hour to conduct refresher courses for all the drivers. Ironically, many drivers and vehicle owners are of the view that attending these classes is nothing but waste of time and money,” he said, advising vehicle owners to encourage their drivers to attend the classes.

Insurance cover

“Organisations like the KDLOA must take the initiative to make the training programmes successful. Unless there is encouragement from owners, drivers won’t attend the classes,” he observed. Mr. Raghunath said that a free insurance cover for Rs. 1 lakh would be provided to the drivers who attended the classes. Secretary of the Andhra Pradesh Lorry Owners Association Y.V. Eeswara Rao also spoke.