Commercial vehicle drivers will now have to undergo a mandatory three-day refresher course if they want to get their licences renewed.
The Haryana transport department has announced the new guideline in a bid to prevent accidents by imparting knowledge of road rules and ethics to drivers.
The move, however, has not gone down well with drivers as they would have to travel to either Bahadurgarh or Rohtak where the Institute of Driving Training and Research will conduct the course.
They also feel that the course fee of R700, excluding the licence renewal charges, is an additional burden on their pocket.
Applicants coming from other cities would have to make their own arrangements for accommodation.
Residents, on the other hand, welcomed the decision as they feel that commercial vehicles are driven recklessly, putting the life of commuters at stake.
According to a letter written by the state transport department to all regional authorities, the driving licence for commercial vehicles is renewed every three years while the conductor licence expires in five years.
In order to ensure road safety, it has been decided to make it compulsory for drivers to undergo the training course.