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Transport Sector inefficiencies borne by Drivers

by Ramesh

Posted on December 12, 2015 at 9:25 AM

Participating in the Automotive Logistics India 2015 Conference in Delhi on 10 December, TransportMitra Services Founder, Selvan Dasaraj, cited statistics and provided an insight that transport sector cost was very low in India compared to global standards despite clocking less than half the mileage/day.

Transport Sector inefficiencies

The transport sector operates on low margins and drivers, with their poor working conditions, bear the brunt. He appealed to the audience, consisting of logistics honchos from the automotive sector, to consider improving the living and working conditions of long haul drivers. Describing them as "soldiers on Indian highways", Dasaraj requested them to consider Dhaba Adoption Program conceived by TransportMitra under which dhabas on highways would be adopted by auto OEMs to provide proper rest room facilities with toilets for car carriers moving across India from manufacturing sites to dealer’s network.

According to him, TransportMitra would offer upskilling of current drivers on soft skills and Highway signages and a cloud based healthcare platform for providing care for this nomadic community.

He urged corporate to deploy their CSR funds strategically through Dhaba Adoption Program. “Unless and until the working and living conditions of existing long haul drivers are improved, the looming shortage of drivers would accentuate because the supply pipeline is getting hit from both sides” says Dasaraj. While ageing truck drivers are exiting this profession, youngsters prefer to be Ola, Uber drivers that offer better living and working conditions than the long haul trucking.

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