Uttar Pradesh road transport to soon have women bus drivers

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Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) is set to depute women bus drivers in an effort to empower women.

It is imparting training on operating buses to 23 women drivers. This announcement was made while UPSRTC celebrated the golden jubilee of its establishment day on Wednesday.

The corporation at present operates 11, 293 buses on 17,792 kms of the nationalised routes in the state.

Earlier in April, the Delhi Transport Corporation started training the first batch of 38 female candidates for obtaining Heavy Motor Vehicle licenses.

After the training completes, these women will be equipped to drive government buses under its public transportation.

This initiative is a joint venture between the Delhi government and Ashok Leyland Limited to facilitate end-to-end training for 180 women candidates and to facilitate them to obtain driving license of HMV category.

In another historic event last week, 42-year-old Laxmi Jadhav became the first woman to drive a BrihanMumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) bus.

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This is the first time the century-old city transportation service has employed women to drive the buses and also serve as conductors. It is reported that BEST is training at least two more women drivers to operate the buses.

“This is the first time in the history of BEST that women drivers will operate buses in the city. We will also introduce more women drivers in the coming months,” BEST General Manager Lokesh Chandra had said.