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Corporates pitch in to train unruly auto drivers

delhi Updated: Mar 20, 2011 00:01 IST
Eshani Mathur
Eshani Mathur
Hindustan Times
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Rajiv Nandwani, director of leading cosmetics company Oriflame, has another designation to his credit now.

He is now a road safety officer (RSO) with the Gurgaon traffic police and an active member of various initiatives planned by the department.

Considering it to be community service, he contributes more than 24 hours a week for the cause. "I come after office hours. We work as a team from 9pm till late at night sometimes. It is benefiting the system and has brought about some improvement," he said.

Under the volunteer scheme of the traffic police, more than 60 top executives of private firms have shunned their air-conditioned and plush offices and are assisting the local traffic policemen to decongest major crossings since the last four months.

They are all contributing nearly 24 hours a week for the initiative.

After a successful campaign against drunk driving and implementing the zero tolerance policy at Iffco and Rajiv Chowk, the RSOs have launched a one-week awareness programme for city auto drivers.

They will be imparted training on behavioural and interpersonal skills while dealing with passengers. The RSOs who previously worked individually will now work in groups of four and pitch in at least an additional four to six hours per week.

A volunteer Neeraj has also prepared a documentary film which will be screened for all 8,000 auto drivers in the city in batches this week.

"This film will tell drivers how to behave with passengers. We will ask them to be cordial and helpful," DCP (traffic) Bharti Arora said.

Apart from the documentary, the drivers will also be shown live videos of Gurgaon roads and mistakes will be pointed out.

The main focus areas will be lane driving, overloading, drunk driving and underage driving.

"There are many drivers who do not have licences or complete vehicle documents. We will hold a camp and make their learner's or permanent driving licence, as required, and help them complete their papers," Arora further added.

Auto union president Rishi Pal said, "The drivers have accepted their faults and will improve as it is for their own good."