The state transport department, along with traffic police and Regional Transport Office, launched a training programme for bus drivers in order to avoid accidents like the ones in Navsari and Savarkundla in Amreli. If any bus driver is found talking on the phone while driving, he would be immediately suspended and strict action will be taken against him.
On February 6, around 42 passengers were killed on the spot and few others escaped with major and minor injuries after a state transport bus from Navsari, on the way to Tapi district, plunged from Gurukul bridge into the Purna river, near Supa village, in Navsari. On February 13, around seven passengers were killed on the spot and few others injured after state transport bus overturned near Savarkundla in Amreli district.
Following the instruction from state transport department, a training camps for all bus drivers were held in Surat, Tapi, Navsari, Valsad and the Dangs. The bus drivers’ training camps were organised in different bus depos in south Gujarat.
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Surat Region Divisional controller of traffic N M Rajyaguru said, “We have started the drive from February 14 onwards and till date we have given training to around 699 drivers. There are over 1,011 drivers in Surat and Tapi districts. The training will continue for a few more days till all the drivers are covered. The training is being given with the help of RTO officer and Traffic police.”
Valsad Region Divisional controller of Traffic Y J Saiyed said, “There are six depos in Navsari, Valsad and Dangs districts under my jurisdiction and we have also started giving training to bus drivers from February 14 onwards. Till date we have finished giving training to 864 drivers.”
He added, “The training session is of three hours wherein experts from RTO and traffic department gives lectures with CCTV footage and video clips of road accidents. Accidents happen due to minor mistakes and the driver should be more alert while driving. We have intimated all drivers that if any of them is found talking on the phone while driving, he would be suspended.” The RTO department officials explained to the drivers how to be careful while driving on the bridges and narrow roads.