The state Transport department has prepared a manual following which all the driving training schools have to train the drivers.
Suvendu Adhikari, the state Transport minister, on Wednesday unveiled the manuals which were published in three languages – English, Bengali and Hindi — at present. The manual will also be published in other languages including Nepali, Santhali and Urdu. The manual has been prepared by the experts from IIT Kharagpur.
Alapan Bandyopadhyay, Principal Secretary of the state Transport department and senior officers of the Kolkata Traffic Police were also present in the programme.
Adhikari said: "The driving schools have to strictly follow the manuals to provide training to drivers. Stringent measures will be taken in case any motor training school is found not following the manual. Initially, they will be show-caused and their licence may also get cancelled if they continue flouting the norms by not following the manual."
This comes at the time when the statewide "Safe Drive Save Life" campaign that was launched by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had helped in reducing the total number of accidents in the city.
It may be recalled that the state Transport department had decided to introduce the manual as it would help in improving the skill of drivers which in turn will help in reducing the number of accidents. The state Transport department also held seminars for authorities of the driving training schools. The representatives of the driving training schools were asked that what more they could do to make the drivers learn how to follow traffic rules properly.
The state Transport department has also provided six wrecker vans, six speed laser guns and two vessels for better vigil in the inland waterways.
It may be mentioned that more wrecker vans were essential to take immediate steps in taking away a vehicle in which a snag developed in middle of a road.
Such incidents often cause traffic congestions. It may be recalled that the state Transport department had allotted fund to different police commissionerates and the state police to improve the traffic management so that the total number of accidents come down.
Using the fund, the state traffic police have set up road signs on major thoroughfares including the national highways.