Learner's licences to be issued in colleges soon

Brake inspector vacancies will be filled shortly: Ashok

Transport Minister R. Ashok has said that learner's licences would soon be issued in colleges across the State, starting with those in Bangalore.

He was speaking to presspersons here on Thursday before addressing a BJP workers' meeting.

This decision was taken following the demands of certain student organisations, Mr. Ashok said.

Those eligible would be tested in the colleges and issued licences. The move would help Regional Transport Offices (RTO) curb the influence of touts, he said.


Referring to the vacant posts of brake inspector in RTOs in the State, including in Kodagu where there was just one officer, the Minister said the Karnataka Public Service Commission had been requested to recruit at least 100 brake inspectors.

‘Best mass transport'

The Centre had rated the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) as the best mass transport service in the country, Mr. Ashok said. The eight awards, including two international ones, won by the KSRTC spoke of the significance of the mass transport system in the State, he said.

The Minister insisted that service to people, not profit-making was the aim of the Transport Department.

The KSRTC, with 22,500 buses, possessed the largest fleet in the country.

Volvo bus services had been well accepted and new Mercedes Benz vehicles would be introduced soon, he announced.

Referring to the “unhealthy” competition between private bus operators and the KSRTC in Kodagu, he said, “We do not want a confrontation with anyone,” and added that quality buses should be run for the benefit of the commuters.

Mr. Ashok also promised to examine the proposal to establish bus depots at Gonicoppa and Kushalnagar in Kodagu.

  • ‘Service to people the main aim of the department'
  • ‘KSRTC rated as the best mass transport service in India'

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