Following the Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) bus accident on Saturday with a dumper, which injured 19 people, the body has decided to enlist drivers involved in minor collisions in a 21-day refresher training course. Instructions to this effect will be issued to depots early this week.
"The refresher training is a continuous process, but now we will instruct our depot staff to prioritise and expedite it for drivers involved in minor collisions. Our drivers are technically well-trained to drive, but in this refresher course, they will brainstorm and be sensitised toward ensuring the safety of passengers," said a senior BEST official requesting anonymity. The organisation employs about 10,000 to 11,000 drivers.
BEST also said it would make modifications to the refresher training after further investigations into Saturday's accident. "The drivers will be primarily instructed not to feel road rage and allow the other heavy vehicles on the road to pass them if they are speeding or trying to overtake them," added the official.
Over 41 lakh people use the 4,000 BEST buses every day. Public relations officer for BEST Virendra Bagul said, "Drivers will be directed to let dumpers, trucks and other heavy vehicles pass them on the road if they are speeding."