15 Sep 2023
First time ever 24/7 Legal Assistance Service for Truckers Introduced in India
New Delhi, India – September 15, 2023 – The Highway Heroes+ program is a significant attempt to recognize and honour the unsung heroes of India's economy, and it has been launched by the All-India Transporters' Welfare Association (AITWA) in partnership with Lawyered. This innovative program will drastically alter the lives of truck drivers, who support the economy of our nation.
Key Figures Applaud Success of Highway Heroes+ Initiative
The successful launch of the Highway Heroes+ campaign was celebrated by prominent members of Lawyered and AITWA, marking a significant milestone. These executives presented their perspectives on the program and expressed thanks for its accomplishments, which are expected to revolutionize the lives of Indian truck drivers.
The CEO and Founder of Lawyered, Himanshu Gupta, stated his joy for this partnership and emphasized how it may benefit truck drivers all throughout the country.
The initiative's strategic value in changing people's perceptions of truck drivers and recognizing their critical contribution to the Indian economy was emphasized by Lawyered's Chief Strategy Partner, Gautam Saraf.
J.P. Singla, CEO of AITWA, emphasized the program's recognition and awards component while highlighting the need to recognize the significant contribution truck drivers make to Indian society and the economy.
AITWA General Secretary Abhishek Gupta emphasized the value of welfare and well-being for truck drivers and said that the program strives to give them access to necessary benefits and services that are sometimes absent in their mobile work.
All India Transporters Welfare Association Co-Chairman Mahender Arya commented on the program's emphasis on education and awareness, highlighting the necessity of increasing public understanding of the essential role that truck drivers play and the significance of appreciating their profession.
By promoting truck drivers as national heroes, the Highway Heroes+ Initiative seeks to change how society views them. The program has five main goals with a comprehensive approach:
• Recognize and Reward: To recognize the significant impact truck drivers have on the Indian economy and society
• Welfare and Well-being: To give truck drivers access to crucial benefits and services that they frequently lack due to the mobile nature of the job
• Education and Awareness: To raise public awareness of the crucial role that truck drivers perform & the need to respect this profession
• Policy Influence: To work with the government to put legislation into place that elevates truck drivers' working conditions and dignity
Sustainable Future: To address the declining number of truck drivers and guarantee that this field is still appealing to future generations Salute
to Jawan, Kisan, Saarthi, and Bharti! This revised tagline emphasizes the crucial role of truck drivers alongside our warriors and farmers, capturing the ethos of contemporary India.
The Highway Heroes+ card given at a nominal cost to truck drivers has the following main characteristics and advantages:
• Offering personal accident insurance up to 5 lakhs, personal accident hospitalization up to 1.5 lakhs, and TTD of 1% of SI every week, up to a maximum of 100 weeks.
• 24/7 Helpline: Preventing official harassment, offering roadside legal aid, and enabling quick access to emergency services including ambulances, toll booths, and police stations.
• Financial Assistance: By providing a credit limit of up to ₹ 25,000 with ZERO% interest and ZERO processing costs through the partner mobile app.
• Access to AITWA-sponsored driver-specific camps, promotions, and events around the country.
On September 14, 2023, from 3 PM to 6 PM, AITWA in collaboration with Lawyered organized a celebration at the Indian Habitat Centre on Lodhi Road in New Delhi to commemorate the beginning of this revolutionary endeavor. Smt Sumita Dawra, IAS, Special Secretary (Logistics), DPIIT, Government of India, and Guest of Honour Shri Madhusudan Agrawal, Honorary Consul General of The Republic of Uganda, Vice Chairman, Ajanta Pharma Limited, Chairman - Mamta Madhusudan Foundation, attended the event. Shri Susheel Gupta, CA, General Secretary, Sewa Bharti, Delhi, was the keynote speaker.
The first woman truck driver in India, Yogita Raghuvanshi, was honored for her revolutionary accomplishments together with other truck drivers. She narrated the difficulties she faces on highways and very confidently shared how corruption brews at every corner of India's highways. Through the generous supporters of AITWA Highway Heroes+, an amount of ₹ 5 lacs was announced to support her future. AITWA also announced that all women truck drivers in India will receive the HH+ card & benefits free of cost.
IDFC First Bank joined hands with Highway Heroes+ to support the education of daughters of truck drivers from grades 9 to 12. AITWA announced that already 100 daughters have been registered on the launch date of this announcement.
AITWA and Lawyered's Highway Heroes+ Project is expected to have a significant influence on the lives of our hardworking truck drivers by transforming them from employees to national heroes. Please join us in honoring their selfless dedication, sacrifices, and dangers taken to advance our nation.
About AITWA: The All India Transporters’ Welfare Association (AITWA) is a not-for-profit dedicated to the welfare of transporters and truck drivers in India. AITWA has been at the forefront of positive change in the transport industry and recognized by various Govt agencies including MoRTH, BIS, GST, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Commerce, and many more for policy recommendations.
About Lawyered: Lawyered is a legal tech platform that aims to provide accessible and affordable legal solutions to individuals and businesses. Through its innovative approach to legal services, Lawyered has partnered with AITWA to support the Highway Heroes+ Initiative in achieving its objectives.