'Driver Seva mobile app' launched to help stranded drivers due to crash

NEW DELHI: Supply chain Optimization platform Locus said on Friday that it launched a Driver Seva mobile app to help conductors stranded during blocking due to coronavirus outbreak.

The application has been supported by Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) and everything India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC), an apex body of transporters that has been raising the issue of stranded conductors .

"Locus, a global B2B SaaS company that automates human decisions in supply chain, has initiated the 'Driver Seva Mobile App' project along with Highway Delite, a travel app startup, to do its bit in easing the situation for the truck conductors who are stuck on highways due to the lockdown," the company said in a statement.

He said that the project is supported by the Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd, in association with AIMTC.

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The country-wide lockdown in India has had an impact across industries, but at the heart of it all is logistics and supply chain, it said adding conductors , who are the lifeline of this industry, have been deeply affected right now.

A sizable population of conductors have nowhere to go to and not many resources to survive with, the statement said.

This app aims to help conductors in the current lockdown with information regarding food, water, and safe parking near their location, across the country, it said.

"Highway Delite has added more than 400 BPCL Pumps (140 BPCL Company owned pumps), 6 APML Hubs, and 30+ dhabas. The Highway Delite team is working to increase this count to 1000+ within 4 days by listing more pumps and dhabas, where food facilities will be available to conductors ,” said Rajesh Kumar G , Founder, Highway Delite.

“We heard from a lot of clients about their conductors being stranded on highways with nowhere to go and bleak availability of essentials like water and food. We immediately got into the act and reached out to Highway Delite to set this up. Once again, I am glad that technology is acting as an enabler in these uncertain times. We all need to come together and help each other out in the present situation,” said Nishith Rastogi , CEO and co-founder, Locus.

The statement says that the owner of the gasoline pump and the owner of Dhaba can also update the availability of food and water in real time by logging into the same app.

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