18 Sep 2023

In front of top official, woman trucker reveals ftordeal

It took India's first woman truck driver to show exemplary courage and lay bare the corruption and harassment that drivers face on the road in the presence of a top central government official in charge of logistics. She feels as if "RTOS don't get paid by the government and run their households with income from drivers".

Yogita Raghuvanshi, who became the first woman truck driver after getting a licence to drive heavy vehicles in 2006, was speaking at the launch of Highway He- roes by a major transporters organisation, AITWA, in the presence of special secretary (logistics) Sumita Dawra.

"RTOS are out on our roads only to harass drivers even after checkposts have been removed. Drivers wait for hours hoping to start after the RTOs go from the spots. That's because we know they are there only to harass us and take money. Why do we need RTOS....