A country that observes the shortage of truckers, since the most disillusioned by the race want a different life for family members: study

NEW DELHI: Almost 84% of truckers do not want their relatives or relatives to continue driving as a profession and approximately 53% of them are not happy with their work, according to a new study by the SaveLife Foundation. He also said that more than one fifth of the drivers in this survey admitted having taken drugs to relieve fatigue and sleepiness during a trip.

The report indicates that there would be a serious shortage of drivers, if this trend continues. An industry estimate suggests that by 2022 the proportion of driver and truck would have fallen to 450 drivers per 1,000 trucks. The results of the survey were published Friday by MoS (road and road transport) Gen V K Singh and highlighted the plight of truckers across the country. Almost 48% of respondents rated their work status as bad. According to the study, about 41% of truck drivers fear being subjected to insults and inappropriate language when dealing with the police or other law enforcement authorities.

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According to the report, miserable and irregular income, lack of social security coverage, poor family life and low social reputation are the main reasons why truck drivers are not happy with their profession. Citing the stress of spending almost 12 hours a day in the driver's seat, most respondents said they feel fatigued or sleepy.

“On average, each driver drives approximately 11.9 hours in a day. In terms of average covered distance, a truck driver covers about 417 km per day. About 49% of the drivers surveyed said they drive vehicles even if they feel tired or sleepy, the report titled State of Truck Drivers in India said. The sample survey included truck drivers from Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kanpur, Vijayawada and Guwahati.

As for the city, the proportion of drivers who used drugs while traveling was more than 50% in Kolkata, Kanpur and Delhi-NCR.

The CEO of the SaveLife Foundation, Piyush Tiwari, said the report has highlighted the need to address drivers' concerns, which play a key role in the country's economy and logistics sector. We need to add dignity to the profession by taking the necessary measures, including a comprehensive policy to extend the benefits of social security to drivers and the strict application of the working hours rule, he added.

The report stated that almost 93% of respondents confirmed that, apart from salary, they do not obtain any social security. Most of them are paid between Rs 10,000 and 20,000 per month, which is even lower than the minimum wage in several states.

In the survey, nine out of 10 respondents confessed that they did not undergo any formal training before obtaining a driver's license, 62% of drivers said they were presented for a practical test. Overall, more than two-thirds (67%) of respondents said they are overloaded with tasks and, therefore, resort to speed to deliver their tasks on time. About 41% of drivers said they carried vegetables, food and perishable goods that need to reach the destination quickly.

The report also highlighted the health risks that drivers face due to the long hours they spend behind the wheels. It has revealed how 77% of drivers reported having back pain and 58% reported pain in joints, muscles and neck. The third major health problem they faced was constipation, gas and stomach problems.

When asked to report the key health problems they faced while traveling, almost 96% of them (respondents from Delhi-NCR) reported back pain, while 64% reported headaches and dizziness, the report said. .