of 2,572, including 1,200 school bus drivers, only one gets
above 60 pc in refresher test
New Delhi, January 9: A test
for heavy vehicle drivers conducted by the Automobile Association
of Upper India (AAUI) ahead of a Transport Department-ordered
refresher course has thrown up a disconcerting fact
the driver who takes your kid to school may not know his job
2,572 who took the test 1,200 of them drivers
of school buses between September and December,
only one got more than 60 per cent marks. And almost 300 failed
the test altogether.
try and ensure the quality of our drivers by putting teachers
in buses but clearly this isnt enough, Air
Force Bal Bharati School, Principal D Goel said, adding that
the refresher courses are a good move.
2003, the refresher course, conducted by the AAUI at the Indian
Driver Training and Research (IDTR) facility run in collaboration
with Maruti, is mandatory for all heavy vehicle drivers.
made the course mandatory in response to fears that the drivers
were unsafe. The results show that such a step was required,
Delhi Transport Minister Haroon Yusuf said.
President T.K. Malhotra said the problem lies in the lack
of proper training in small driving schools, and the relative
ease in getting a license.
1999, we have been carrying out training with simulators to
help drivers experience all sorts of traffic conditions. The
small schools just put you straight into traffic and then
help you get your license before youve even fully understood
the basics, he said.
Traffic (North) H P S Virk, while clarifying that it is not
so easy to get a license, said that transporters have been
facing a shortage of trained drivers in Delhi.
not so bad here, but people can get licenses in neighbouring
states like Haryana which are valid throughout the country,
and this can lead to a number of problems, he
Public School Principal, RK Puram, Shyama Chona said school
authorities need to be careful while hiring drivers. They
should hire drivers directly, not go through an agency. Teachers
get refresher course to do better at work, its good
that drivers also receive such training now, she