Sim­u­la­tors to help bus driv­ers im­prove skills

Trans­port depart­ment plans to buy de­vices of in­ter­na­tional stan­dards lo­cally

The Hindu - - CHENNAI - R. Srikanth

Giv­ing a push to road safety, the State Trans­port Depart­ment has pro­posed to pur­chase 11 heavy ve­hi­cle driv­ing sim­u­la­tors to im­prove the driv­ing skills of the driv­ers of the eight State Trans­port Cor­po­ra­tions.

The four sim­u­la­tors bought ear­lier are in dis­use and im­ported sim­u­la­tors cost a for­tune. There­fore, the depart­ment has de­cided to buy sim­u­la­tors lo­cally, match­ing in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.

The In­sti­tute of Road Trans­port (IRT), the nodal agency for iden­ti­fy­ing and procur­ing the driv­ing sim­u­la­tors, has awarded the ten­der to Ver­tex Re­search Cen­tre lo­cated at Pal­ladam of Tirup­pur dis­trict.

Each sim­u­la­tor is be­ing pur­chased at a cost of ₹9 lakh. A se­nior of­fi­cial of IRT said that the com­pany would sup­ply 11 sim­u­la­tors.

P.W.C. Davi­dar, who had re­cently re­tired as the Trans­port sec­re­tary, had ini­ti­ated the process to bring down the road ac­ci­dents caused by driv­ers of gov­ern­ment buses.

S. Suresh­babu, in charge of Tech­nol­ogy Mar­ket­ing of Ver­tex Re­search Cen­tre, said the com­pany has de­vel­oped re­search-based driver train­ing cour­ses.

The way for­ward: The lo­cally made sim­u­la­tors meet in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.

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