THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The State government will set up a training institute for drivers at Edappal with Central government assistance, Transport Minister Jose Thettayil has said.
Replying to questions in the Assembly on Friday, Mr. Thettayil said that training would be imparted to drivers of the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), PSUs and government departments on the basis of a syllabus at the institute. Based on a Central government direction, a three-month training course would be made mandatory for those running driving schools.
Periodical medical fitness test would be conducted for KSRTC drivers. At present 2,591 buses in the KSRTC fleet had been insured. The government was considering a proposal to regularise empanelled drivers who had worked for 120 days in a year from 2000 to 2008.
The mini buses procured during the tenure of the previous United Democratic Front (UDF) government had incurred a liability of Rs.150 crore to the Corporation. Speed governors bought by the previous government had become defective.
The Corporation had engaged Keltron for repairing the defective speed governors.