ANDHRA PRADESH

Trainee RTC drivers get expert advice

“At any cost you should not have any tensions or stress. Make sure that you have checked the vehicle before taking it out of the depot,” was the suggestion for young trainee RTC drivers.

The advice came from S.K. Hussain, a RTC bus driver who has an amazing record of not a single road accident in twin cities during 30 years of his service.

“If somebody is persistent and wants to overtake then allow them. You should always be wary of pedestrians and two-wheelers because they are unpredictable,” advocates C. Krishnaiah, another RTC driver from Secunderabad region, who has a clean slate for road accidents, since 30 years.

The bus yard at Ranigunj depot on Friday was packed with trainee RTC drivers and seniors, who were felicitated as ‘best drivers' on the concluding day of the weeklong ‘Road Safety Week'. Close to 30 senior drivers from Secunderabad region were felicitated for their record of ‘no accidents' during their service.

“Make sure you get enough sleep,” suggested Bh. V. Rao, another RTC driver with no accidents for 29 years in twin cities. During this year, the RTC authorities said in Secunderabad region, which has 11 depots, 79 fatal accidents has occurred between April, 2010 and till date.

“About 60 p.c. of RTC drivers who were involved in accidents had below five years of experience. That's why young drivers must be very careful,” said RTC, Regional Manager (Secunderabad), A. Purushotham Naik.



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