98% of truck drivers don’t want family members to join their profession: Survey | India News – Times of India

New Delhi: Nearly 98 per cent of truck drivers involved in a study said that they do not want their family members to take up the profession of driving.
A study based on qualitative interviews by a non-profit organization has shown that harassment by officials, low and irregular income, risk of death or injuries and no dignity of labor are the main reasons as hardly any driver can help anyone else in the family. wants. to take this job.
The Asia-Africa Supply Chain Transform Health Alliance conducted a survey based on detailed interviews with truck drivers across multiple cities. People to People Health Foundation, According to the report, 75% of the drivers surveyed reported harassment by police and local groups; 72% reported low and irregular income; And about 36% felt that their labor had no dignity.
“Since the problem that truck drivers face is common sense, we took an in-depth look at their concerns including health issues in these detailed interviews. Most of the drivers said that they were the sole earners in their families and most were married,” said Archiman Mohapatra, who led the study. He said most drivers admitted that they often drive for up to 14 hours a day.
According to the report, the Indian trucking industry has around 90 lakh vehicles on the road, which require new additions as well as around nine lakh new truck drivers every year. While this number is increasing, in contrast the number of people choosing commercial truck-driving as a career or profession is rapidly falling. As a result, about 40% of the total trucks and goods transport vehicles remain idle on any given day.
During the survey, 37% of respondents talked about chronic pain or musculo-skeletal issues, while 28% complained about sleep-related problems.
Major truck drivers’ bodies also said that there has been a sharp decline in the number of drivers coming from here. Punjab, Haryana And Uttar Pradesh, which has traditionally sent men behind the wheels. Now a major part of the drivers in the unorganized sector are from Mewat in Haryana.