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Rewarded for following traffic rules

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Source : The Hindu Date : 25.06.2009

Rewarded for following traffic rules

Staff Reporter

Law-abiding riders and drivers win prizes in city

Photo: K. Ananthan

REWARD: Deputy Commissioner of Police K. Shanmugavel (third right) handing over a prize intimation coupon to a motorist on Wednesday. Chief Traffic Warden, A. Mahesh (fourth right), Territory Manager of Bharatgas, S. Thangavel (second right) and Regional General Manager of The Hindu, D. Rajkumar (right) are in the picture. —

Coimbatore: About 100 two-wheeler riders, as well as three- and four-wheeler drivers at five major traffic junctions in the city were rewarded on Wednesday for following the rules of the road.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order), K. Shanmugavel; Chief Traffic Warden, A.Mahesh; and Territory Manager (LPG) of Bharatgas, S. Thangavel; along with his Assistant Managers, Sandhya and Kiran; and Regional General Manager of The Hindu, D. Rajkumar congratulated the law-abiding road users and handed over an intimation coupon informing that they had won a prize.

The Bharatgas of the Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited in association with The Hindu and assistance of the Coimbatore City Police and Traffic Wardens Organisation conducted the event.

The organisers identified law-abiding riders and drivers at Singanallur Junction, Lakshmi Mills Junction, Gandhipuram signal, Avanashilingam University Junction on Mettuppalayam Road, and Ukkadam Junction.

The drive began at 8.30 a.m. and lasted for an hour. About 20 persons were chosen at each signal.

The major parameters for being chosen for a prize were: stopping at the stop line, adhering to lane discipline, wearing helmets, possessing a valid driving licence, not using mobile phones while riding or driving, and wearing seat belts.

Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr. Shanmugavel said, “While the police penalise violators, there is a pertinent need to honour those who abide by the rules.”

In the long run such initiatives would make city roads safer, he added.

Mr. Thangavel said that Bharatgas was happy to conduct an event aimed at the betterment of the community.

K. Kalyanasundaram who was chosen for a prize for wearing a seat belt while at the wheel, was an example of one who scrupulously followed the rules of the road.

When stopped and told about the prize, he insisted on taking a U-turn and driving all the way to return to the last lane on Avanashi Road to park his car and receive the coupon.

He said he appreciated the idea of rewarding those who followed traffic rules.

Bus drivers

Out of the 100 persons chosen, were auto rickshaw drivers, tourist cab drivers and State Transport Corporation bus drivers as well. Among the bus drivers were Kulandaivel and Sundarapandian.

Some of the prize winners said they would not be able to receive the prize on Thursday, as they would be out of station.

Another driver, Surendran, who was chosen for a prize at Gandhipuram signal for wearing a seat belt, said he would always wear a seat belt hereafter.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 June 2009 05:04
 

Poor facilities at temporary bus terminus in Tuticorin

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Source : The Hindu Date : 10.06.2009

Poor facilities at temporary bus terminus in Tuticorin

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Amenities will be provided for passengers in a day or two, says official

— Photo N. Rajesh.

hardship: A view of the makeshift arrangement for passengers in Tuticorin.

Tuticorin: A make shift arrangement was done just opposite the SAV school ground here to cater to the needs of passengers, as renovation work is being undertaken in the old bus stand since Monday.

The passengers bore the brunt of inconvenience and deplored that basic amenities including drinking water, shelter and toilets were not available.

S.A. Rajagopalan, Executive Engineer, Tuticorin Corporation, said that arrangements were getting ready and all facilities for the passengers would be done in a day or two.

The renovation commenced on May 20 and would conclude by the end of June, sources said. The works are being taken up at cost of Rs.75 lakh for establishing concrete flooring, toilet facilities, waiting hall, bus shelter and other maintenance works.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 June 2009 14:34
 

3,500 buses to be added to government bus fleet

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Source : The Hindu Date : 03.06.2009

3,500 buses to be added to government bus fleet

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‘Bus Driving Simulator’ to impart training on driving techniques

— PHOTO: R. M. RAJARATHINAM

experience on spot: Transport Minister K.N. Nehru inaugurating the bus driving simulator installed for TNSTC trainee drivers in Tiruchi on Tuesday.

TIRUCHI: A state-of-the-art ‘Bus Driving Simulator’ to impart training on right driving techniques to trainees; enhance driving skills of serving government bus drivers, and evaluate their level of competence has been installed at the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (Kumbakonam), Limited, (TNSTC), Tiruchi Region office premises here.

Developed jointly by BEML Limited, a public sector undertaking, and Zen Technologies, the simulator has a bus cut-cabin mounted on a motion platform and equipped with all gauges, controls, transmission systems and indicators found in a bus.

A software has been specially developed to recreate the typical environment in which drivers operate. Costing Rs. 1.5 crore, the simulator provides a feel of driving conditions in city, hills, cross-country and snowy terrain under different lighting, climatic and traffic conditions.

Driving scenarios of different terrains, weather, vehicles and road conditions are projected on a screen by a high-definition projector and LCD screens are used for rear view, in the indoor training system.

The simulator has three main systems—Bus Driving Training Software, Instructor Station and Driver Station. The software has been designed especially for bus simulation. The instructor controls the driver training from the Instructor Station while the trainees occupy Driver Stations.

The Instructor Station enables the instructor to alter environmental conditions and keep track of all driving parameters besides communicating with the drivers. The trainees would undergo well-structured exercises aimed at transforming them into accomplished and safe drivers.

The simulator can record and replay the entire performance of each trainee and can generate different types of reports on customized parameters that can be saved. The drivers could be tested in different forms to evaluate their level of competence.

Inaugurating the facility at the TNSTC office here, the Transport Minister, K.N. Nehru, said such simulators had been installed at three other cities other than Tiruchi.

The move to install simulators was an effort not only aimed at enhancing the skills of the existing drivers but also have good drivers in place. Appealing to the drivers to remain cautious while driving, he said accidents not only affected them and their respective families but general public as well.

Instructions had been given to conduct counselling for bus drivers once in three months to ascertain their problems and take necessary steps to rectify them, Mr. Nehru said adding that necessary works were on to check accidents in spots identified as accident- prone.

The Minister said 20,000 buses were being operated every day with the number of bus travellers being around 2 crore.

He said 3,500 new buses would be acquired shortly to augment the government bus fleet adding Tamil Nadu had the maximum number of buses in operation in the country today. Mr. Nehru distributed cash awards to government bus drivers for accident-free driving.

Collector T. Soundiah, TNSTC (Kumbakonam), managing director R. Raju, Corporation Commissioner T.T. Balsamy and Mayor (in-charge) M. Anbazhagan offered their felicitations.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 June 2009 06:12
 


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