November 26, 2015
A special training session, organized by the Coimbatore city police, was held for 234 members of the police force in order to familiarize them with the technical aspects of the vehicles they are driving, which in turn would help increase the fuel efficiency, safety and performance of the automobiles.
The initiative was suggested by the Coimbatore City Police Commissioner A. Amalraj to improve the driving skills of the city police drivers. Around 234 drivers are to be trained in batches. The sessions will be conducted by the Department of Automobile Engineering at the PSG Polytechnic College.
Inaugurating the three-days training classes for the first batch of 30 drivers on Thursday at the PSG Polytechnic College, Amalraj said that the idea occurred to him while he was serving as the CoP of Salem. “Police vehicles were involving in a number of accidents in Salem. That is when we decided to teach police drivers about the mechanism of the vehicles and the safety measures that are involved,” he said. He added that the training sessions helped reduce the accident rates in Salem.
About the lack of technical knowledge of vehicles among drivers, Amalraj said that some drivers do not even know about the reflective red lights found at the rear end of the vehicles. “When I asked about the red light to a police driver, he said it was simply there and did not know the reason,” he added.
“You will be taught about the vehicle mechanics, safety measures, fuel efficiency, and vehicle maintenance. This will help you diagnose the problems in the vehicle so as to repair them whenever necessary,” he told the trainee drivers. “Drivers should also be responsible about the passengers and should ensure the safety of passengers,” he added.
Prizes were announced for the top three scorers at the training sessions.
According to B. Giriraj, the Principal of the college, the drivers will be taught about the advanced technology in vehicles and also about the functions of various spare parts, automatic transmission and safety and first aid. “Various company officials would also be available to clear the queries of the drivers,” he said.
While 30 drivers are to be trained during the first three-days training session, the remaining drivers will be taught in eight batches in the coming days.