New Joint Action Committee Aims To Bring Together All Players from Transport Business to Empower Drivers
Three diverse organisations have come together to create a common platform for bringing all players from the transport business together to ease lives of highway drivers by sharing resources.
"A driver should be the most valued person (MVP) in the entire transport industry and yet there is no one to listen to his complaints and grievances. JAC is launching driver force (8698-24-7-365) - a 24x7, 365 driver helpline service for acting as a listening post and to listen, understand and counsel the drivers with their issues," the joint action committee (JAC) says in a statement.
These organisations --All India Confederation of Goods Vehicles’ Owners Association (ACOGOA), Drivers Duniya magazine and Naya Manch Vikas Manch (NMVM) Foundation -- have set up a joint action committee (JAC) and aim to include every stakeholder in the transport business in order to bring about transformational change in the sector. ACOGOA is a national body of all goods vehicles’ owners, Drivers Duniya is India’s only quarterly magazine on truck drivers, while NMVM Foundation works to make truck driving a respectable profession, a profession of choice.
Noted RTI activist Sanjay Shirodkar, who is part of the JAC says, the committee is a common platform for all drivers, including drivers of goods and passenger vehicles, vehicle owners and operators, transporters, logistic companies, corporate partners like consignor and consignee, transport associations and organisations to join, collaborate and unite their efforts. We believe in the joining of all these stakeholders to create a fist, a strength in unity, he says.
Over the years, truck drivers have been demanding proper parking facility for trucks and basic amenities at every 100kms on highways to ensure safety of drivers and goods from robberies.
However, “what these logistics companies are doing is for the benefit of their own drivers,” says, Rajan Agarwal, coordinator and organiser of JAC, adding, “We at the Committee want to bring all players together, including logistics companies. This will help us to share resources and provide better facilities and amenities to all highway drivers, irrespective of their employers or ownership.”
This is why, Mr Shirodkar says the JAC has decided to undertake a road trip to get a real-time feel and on-the-road experience on various issues impacting drivers. The first such road trip is from Pune to Jaipur between 26th and 30 August 2019 covering over 1,200kms on one of the busiest routes.
The road trip will not be one-time event but rather a continuous and sustained effort to explore different routes every quarter, says Mr Shirodkar.
During the roadtrip, JAC members hope to interact and engage at least 2,500 drivers during the trip by involving local transport associations, fuel outlets, highway dhabas, and state border check post in the effort.
The JAC will also highlight roadside facilities, accident spots and amenities required to assure safe and smooth transportation on highways during its interaction with local transport and owners associations, drivers and government officials.
JAC members, who will undertake the road trip include industry veterans like Rajendra Agarwal, the vice-chairman of Agarwal Packers & Movers Ltd, Ashwni Kaushik, managing director of TR Finished Vehicles Logistics Solutions Ltd among others. They are also part of the first road trip being organised by the JAC.