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Refresher courses for heavy vehicle drivers?

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Road Safety Council meets after 7 years

File Photo: M. Karunakaran

IMPORTANT DECISIONS: The Road Safety Council has decided to conduct refresher courses for drivers of heavy vehicles to avoid accidents such as these, when a trailer lorry overturned on East Coast Road. —

CHENNAI: In a move to bring down the number of road accidents, the Transport Department is considering making refresher courses compulsory for drivers of heavy vehicles.

Members of the recently re-constituted State Road Safety Council, chaired by Transport Minister K.N. Nehru, which met after seven years, discussed possible modus operandi of bringing about changes in rules and regulations that would reduce road accidents in the State.

In its Road Safety Policy submitted at the National Road Safety Council meeting earlier this year, the Government had targeted a 20 percentage point reduction in road accidents by the year 2013 as compared to the number in 2006.

The Council members also discussed re-engineering the highways to reduce the number of accidents and the provision of parking bays for lorries and other heavy vehicles along highways. Another major discussion point was the revival of 13 driver training schools of various transport corporations that had become defunct over the past few years.

Officials pointed out that they were looking at utilising the funds provided by the Central Government for the purpose. As the next step, the State Road Safety Council will constitute district-level safety councils. Senior transport officials said voluntary organisations were welcome to be part of the councils.

Highways Minister K.P. Saminathan and senior officials were present.

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