The number of road accidents in Pakistan has been increasing at an alarming rate with more of them proving fatal every day. Rough estimates say that at least 15 people lose their life every day in a road accident, unsurprisingly, these are just the ones that have been reported.
Out of these accidents, the fatal ones are usually the ones involving heavy transporters which travel across the country day in and day out to make sure goods reach their destination.
Poor vehicle maintenance and overloading are typically blamed for the accidents involving trucks, but one of the most important factors is commonly ignored; lack of sleep of the drivers.
Truck drivers have to travel thousands of kilometers without given many opportunities to rest on the way. They have to meet strict deadlines which prevent them from taking a break and sleeping while on the way and even when they do get time to sleep, they have to do it uncomfortably inside the truck or at some local roadside hotel which doesn’t provide the ideal environment for a good sleep.
The issue is same across the border in India but one company, Agarwal Packers & Movers has decided to step in and help improve the lives of Truck drivers. Agarwal has set up a Resting Facility on one of the highways with essential facilities where drivers can comfortably sleep for free.
The facility among others have services such as
- Sleeping Rooms.
- Dispensary & Free Health Check
- Hygienic Food.
- Laundry room
- Barber shops
- Bathing Facilities.
We have a very similar situation where truck drivers and other people lose their life due to lack of sleep. The question is, what are we doing to help these people? Maybe it’s time we do something similar?