Experts will train the selected drivers in first aid techniques and road safety
MYSORE: A two-day training camp for 40 selected pre-paid autorickshaw drivers organised by the Police Department commenced here on Wednesday.
Speaking on the occasion, Police Commissioner Praveen Sood said the training programme would be extended to 300 more drivers in a phased manner.
To be extended
Stating that many autorickshaw drivers had no driving licence and vehicle insurance, Mr. Sood said the Police Department would help them obtain driving licence at the end of the two-day programme. They would be subjected to the mandatory driving test. Mr. Sood said Re. 1 being collected from pre-paid autorickshaw drivers was being used to help them to get driving licence. Drivers would also be covered under a life insurance scheme of Rs. 1.5 lakh. They would be trained in first aid techniques and road safety. Awareness on environmental pollution and drunken driving would be created, he added.
Editor of Star of Mysore K.B. Ganapathy inaugurated the two-day event. Deputy Commissioners of Police Rajendra Prased and K.T. Balakrishna, and Assistant Commissioners of Police R. Krishnamurthy, C. Krishnappa and C. Basavaraju were present.