Crash course in safety for KSRTC drivers

Minister for Transport R Ashok announced on Friday in Bangalore that the new residential training facility will begin on January 19. The centre will be a one of a kind centre where all KSRTC drivers will be trained in batches for a month to further lower the rate of accidents involving KSRTC buses, he said.

While Ashok maintained that KSRTC buses were among the least accident-prone buses in the country, there was a need to train bus drivers. The drivers will be trained for a month and will be given certificates at the end of the training programme. The Government was in discussions with a number of private manufacturers such as Tata and Ashok Leyland to establish  more training centres under Private Public Partnership.
The government intend to allocate Rs 12 crore and also around 100 acres of land for such centres. There was no shortage of drivers now with the appointment of around 20,000 new drivers, he said.

Ashok also said that efforts were on to make Karnataka a “totally connected” State by the end of the year by providing connectivity to 280 villages which were not connected by bus routes.

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