Staff Reporter

They suffer due to lack of toilet facility

Bangalore: Cab drivers transporting employees to the IT firms are facing severe problems owing to absence of toilet and parking facilities on the premises of the companies.

Due to this, the drivers face embarrassing situations when they are forced to relieve themselves by the roadside.

Describing their difficulties to presspersons here on Monday, Indian Vehicle Drivers’ Trade Union President G.N. Sadananada Swamy said IT firms do not provide them with restrooms even though the drivers are forced to wait for long hours outside the company premises.

The union demanded that the IT companies provide them with food facility as many companies are situated outside the city and the drivers find it difficult to locate an affordable hotel in the vicinity.

Mr. Swamy demanded that the State Government bring drivers of private vehicles under the provisions of the Labour Act and fix a minimum wage.

Drivers of cabs attached to various travel agencies serving IT companies at present are paid only about Rs. 6,000 a month. There are about 35,000 drivers in Bangalore, including those serving IT and other private companies through travel agencies, and truck and lorry drivers, among others, he said.

Mr. Swamy said the Government should intervene to ensure IT firms increased the amount paid for cab services by at least Rs. 2 a km from the existing rate so that the drivers are paid better salaries. “When the IT companies pay lakhs of rupees as salary to individual employees, they will not be affected if they marginally increase payment to travel agencies which ultimately benefit the drivers,” he said.