Dhaka, Bangladesh
Skilled drivers indispensable

Editorial

Skilled drivers indispensable

There is no denying the fact that skilled drivers are a sine qua non for road discipline. The rising graph of road crashes is largely attributed to the inefficiency of drivers. Our roads and highways are growing dangerous day by day as the proliferation in traffic has also increased the number of accidents. Reckless driving by road-hogs and uncouth drivers is still a cause for concern as they are in an unusual competition to overtake the rival vehicles. In the city the passenger-catching technique results in rash driving even by ignoring the speed-breakers. In some cases, on highways swilling driving by overworked and fatigued drivers is also to blame for fatal road mishaps. Novice and inexperienced drivers, given charge of passenger-carrying vehicles or goods-delivering trucks, make tragic blunders, resulting in unfortunate loss of life. We are so inured to road accidents that we forget the incidents very soon and the causes remain unaddressed forever. Quite sometime back the authorities concerned set a target of giving motor-vehicle training to some one lakh people to make them efficient drivers with a view to reducing road accidents by at least 50 percent by 2020 and meeting the growing local and foreign demands or competent drivers. Under the project, it was proposed that the drivers would be given not only motor vehicle driving training, but also auto-mobile mechanical training and moral education. Besides, it was proposed that they would also be taught two languages-English and Arabic or another foreign language for turning them capable of landing overseas jobs easily. The project was really time befitting as it would increase the flow of remittance. The project brought a hope to people that it would curtail the number of accidents. But now nothing is heard about the project. More often, we see the implementation of so many projects foot-dragging and ultimately those become lame ducks. However, if such a kind of project is implemented properly, the outcome will have a multi-dimensional effect as the drivers will become efficient not only in driving, but it will also help them land local and overseas jobs. The growing demand for trained drivers will be met after completion of the training. Moreover, the rate of accident will diminish manifolds and help the authorities. concerned attain the target to reduce road accidents by 2020. Our transport sector is indeed in a mess even after the Road Transport Act is implemented. Proper training will, hopefully, create a sense among drivers to obey traffic rules strictly which may decrease the number of road crashes.

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