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Heavy vehicle drivers need to undergo appropriate training before obtaining license
Reports do come at periodic intervals in the media about road accidents resulting in injuries and loss of human lives because of a vehicle getting hit by a dumper. Definition of a dumper goes like this, "A dumper is a vehicle designed for carrying bulk material, often on building sites".
There are also reports that even indirectly dumpers do cause accidents- recently, an auto rickshaw driver was scared to drive during rainy season near by buildings sites where dumpers are operational as he was mentioning a couple of teenagers passed away as their bikes got hit by a dumper recently. It is also a fact that dumpers on many times are driven by young and inexperienced drivers.

Therefore, there are questions raised in some quarters whether proper training has been given to those who are supposed to be authorized drivers of dumpers or for that matter any heavy vehicles including excavators and so on.

The following could help in streamlining the situation for the better:

  • Transport department should ensure that rigorous and appropriate training is given to all those who drive dumpers.

  • Concerned authorities should also ensure that a proper list of do's and don'ts are nicely taught to the eligible drivers of dumpers, heavy vehicles.

  • By nature, the driver of heavy vehicles has to have special characteristics like immense patience while driving. This aspect has to be taught properly because any rash driving by a dumper driver would be very risky for the commuters.

More debates can be initiated on this subject matter by involving experts as to how to make the roads more safe where dumpers ply frequently.

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