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One in five truck drivers admits to taking drugs while driving: Study

The study conducted in partnership with Mahindra and Mahindra covered over 1200 truck drivers and over 100 fleet owners as respondents and was conducted across 10 transportation hubs in India – Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Guwahati, Kanpur, and Vijayawada.

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Last Updated: Feb 28, 2020, 05.28 PM IST
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The study estimated that currently, Rs 47,852.28 crore (6.7 billion USD) per year is the estimated bribe amount in the trucking operations.
New Delhi: One in five truck drivers in the country admits to taking drugs while driving, while most drive in conditions of fatigue and sleepiness, a study has revealed.

New Delhi-based SaveLIFE Foundation (SLF) on Friday released a nation-wide report on the working conditions and safety status of truck drivers along with other factors impacting road safety of truck drivers and other road users in India.

The study conducted in partnership with Mahindra and Mahindra covered over 1200 truck drivers and over 100 fleet owners as respondents and was conducted across 10 transportation hubs in India – Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Guwahati, Kanpur, and Vijayawada.

According to the findings of the report, on average, respondents drive for about 12 hours a day, with almost 50 percent of them driving continuously, even if they feel fatigued or sleepy.

Overall, one in five respondents admitted to taking some kind of drugs during trips. The proportion of such respondents was highest in Kolkata followed by Kanpur and Delhi NCR.

The study is significant in terms of the road accident statistics in the country. As per the Ministry of Transport and Highways (MoRTH) data, in the category of impacting vehicles, trucks or lorries have the third highest share (12.3%) of total crashes. It caused 57,441 crashes, 23,868 deaths and 51,166 injuries in 2018.

The study explores two crucial aspects in the lives of truck drivers - their professional, health and financial status, and the extent of corruption in the trucking industry.

The study revealed that 53% of the drivers were dissatisfied with their profession due to low and irregular income, harassment from officials and unscheduled working hours. Health problems like severe backaches, joint or muscle or neck pain and stomach problems while the lack of social security also contributed to their dissatisfaction.

Speaking at the launch of the report here, Minister of state for road transport and highways VK Singh said, “Since the freight through trucks is going to grow in future, we need to ensure safer roads for all. We’re also looking at creation of training schools – mainly in rural and backward areas to educate the fleet owners and truck drivers on road safety.

While the majority of truck drivers reported feeling unsafe on roads, very few of them felt that they themselves engage in unsafe driving or unsafe practices. In order to get away with the situation where they are caught flouting rules, respondents admitted to paying bribes. About 49% of the respondents who were caught with protruding load admitted to paying a bribe to get out of the situation.

The study estimated that currently, Rs 47,852.28 crore (6.7 billion USD) per year is the estimated bribe amount in the trucking operations.

“Through this study, we aim to understand the reason behind unsafe driving practices by truck drivers as well as structural and other reasons which push them to compromise their safety as well as safety of other road users” said Piyush Tewari, CEO, SaveLIFE Foundation said.
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