To encourage more women drivers to join its fleet, the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has decided to provide training for them. The corporation has also decided to give some relaxation to women applicants in the hiring procedure.
In this regard, the DTC has decided to relax a few norms to train women to drive buses for six months and, thereafter, it will help them get a heavy motor vehicle (HMV) licence.
The rules state that a driver must have a licence to drive a HMV and have three years of experience driving a bus. However, women will now need only a commercial licence for light motor vehicles (LMV) to apply for the job.
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“Before hitting the road, women drivers will first have to go through a six-month-long training. Those who have a licence for commercial LMVs will be trained for six months to drive buses before they can get a HMV licence. We will then assist them in getting the HMV licence,” an official said.
Officials said V Saritha — who is the first woman driver to join DTC and is currently undergoing training — will soon be ferrying passengers in the city. Saritha used to drive a school bus and hails from Telangana, an official said.
To make driving easy for these women, the corporation has also written to two big bus manufacturers to design the driver’s seat keeping women drivers in mind. According to the rules, a woman applicant should have a height of 5.3 ft to drive a DTC bus.
Sources, however, said the DTC is considering to reduce the height criterion for women applicants so that more women come forward.