Himachal govt issues strict norms for passenger transport drivers

Shimla/May 10
Taking strong note of increasing road accidents cases in the state, Himachal government on Friday announced several measures for transporters that included mandatory annual medical check-up and a refresher training course for passengers transport drivers.
Himachal’s Transport minister GS Bali said that the state government has decided to bar drivers will not allowed carry phones and even access to mobile phones while they are driving. Further, displaying copies of driving licence along with insurance paper, timing and route will be made mandatory.
Moreover, it will be mandatory for passenger transport drivers to undergo mandatory annual medical check-up and a refresher training course. These drivers will also have to under training at an institute or centre recognized by Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) and these condition will be incorporated in the route permit, Bali said, adding that it will be the responsibility of the transporter concerned to ensure compliance of rules or they will penalized severely that includes permit cancellation and six months jail.
Bali further said that the state government will take strict action against transporters and drivers in case of accidents that took place due to their negligence. “From now on, HRTC will acquire 42-seater buses instead of 52-seater buses for interior region of the state that have narrow roads. Further, HRTC had initiated the process of acquiring 300 buses from Tata and Ashok Leyland and had asked them to provide readymade buses instead of chassis of the vehicles,” Bali said.
Bali added that Tata And Ashok Leyland have been asked to come with models so that the state government will be able to choose buses as the needs of the terrain in hill state.