Measures to ensure safe travel

Rash driving

Measures to ensure safe travel

Since many colleges have cropped up around the City’s fringes, daily commuting can pose a bit of a problem for the students. The simplest solution, which many institutes have opted for, is to organise a bus service that plies across the City — and since these services are convenient, safe and reliable, a majority of students in these colleges stick to this mode of transportation.

However, from a college’s point of view, managing a bus service comes with a host of responsibilities. This begins with selecting dependable drivers to ensuring that students — as well as other drivers on the road — have channels to communicate any concerns regarding rash driving.

Every institute has its own mechanism in place to handle this issue. At Vogue Institute of Fashion Design, for instance, Satish Setty — the business development manager — carries out the process of employing drivers.

“We look for candidates who have enough work experience to handle a heavy vehicle — we generally look for around eight years. Minimum educational qualifications are also necessary, since we would want the driver to handle the situation in case of an emergency,” he explains.

The college’s fleet of buses are all branded with a phone number, to be contacted in case anyone has a complaint. “We ensure it is clearly visible. Of course, when you have experienced drivers the complaints are reduced to a minimum. But in case of a complaint, the management verifies the claim and gives the driver a warning — if it is repeated, his employment is terminated,” he adds.

Abdul Hameed S A, the administrator of HKBK College of Engineering, describes a similar mechanism in place in his institute.

The college has hired a transport manager, who handles any form of complaint against the drivers. “If a complaint comes in, we attempt to understand the incident by speaking to the driver. If it is his mistake, he is warned — we feel that is sufficient.

After all, the drivers go through enough stress on the roads of the City and we don’t want them to drive with any additional tension,” he states, adding that the bus drivers should not labour under the delusion that they would be fired at the drop of a hat.

At the Acharya Group of Institutions — located in Soladevanahalli, hence rendering a bus service vital — different systems of monitoring the drivers are in place. The college appears to focus more on internal surveillance, rather than depending on the complaints of external parties.]

Gururaj S, the principal of the pre-university college, explains, “I don’t think that a contact number is painted on our buses — but the college name is evident, so we can be contacted easily. If a complaint does come in, we have responsible people to conduct an enquiry and sort out the issue.”

In terms of in-house monitoring, the college has employed a few tactics to keep an eye on errant drivers.

 “In addition to our complaint system, each bus has a speed governor — equipment that limits the speed of the vehicle. We also have a GPS tracking system in place and if a driver is found flouting the rules, an enquiry is held and he is suitably punished.”

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