NEW DELHI: The recently notified

National Logistics Policy

(

NLP

) has assigned the task of creating adequate resting places for truck drivers to the road transport and highways ministry. Unavailability of good resting place is one of the major reasons for illegal and unsafe parking along highways and this also contributes to the drivers spending more time behind wheels.

The policy notified last week has identified the responsibilities of different ministries for faster and safer movement of cargo across all modes of transportation.

Identifying the issues relating to truck drivers, the policy says, “Ministry of Road Transport and Highways may lay down action items for development of digital systems for track and trace and complete visibility of cargo, reducing compliance burden on roads, and measure reliability of truck movement, strategy to address truck drivers’ shortage, including pit-stops, social security, digital system to monitor work and rest hours (sic).”

Officials said the ministry is developing 650 roadside amenities along our highways and expressways to cater to the needs of commuters and truck drivers as well. These facilities will have dedicated areas for parking of

trucks

, dormitories, repair shops and fuel filling stations.

During the consultation process, different truckers and transporters’ organisations had flagged the issue of driver shortage and inadequate facilities for them on the highways. Different studies and surveys have shown how one of the reasons for inadequate sleep among drivers is the lack of resting places on the highway network.

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