Almost 56% of taxi drivers drink and drive on Delhi-NCR roads, putting the lives of passengers and road users at risk, according to a recent survey by Community Against Drunken Driving (CADD).
IndiaTV news reports that, of the 56% of cab drivers, the majority say they are careful not to get caught and believe that a little bit of alcohol causes no harm. The drivers admit that they usually drink during their waiting period, but if a booking comes in they do not refuse it.
“The results were shocking as not only drivers indulged in drunk driving, but they also indulged in consuming alcohol in their vehicles. Many drivers, who are being picked up from an existing pool of commercial vehicle drivers, are habitual drinkers and since they have little free time on their hands, owing to the long working shifts of 10-15 hours, they are now consuming alcohol in their vehicles,” Prince Singhal, the founder of CADD was reported as saying.
The research was conducted at prominent public locations including airports, railway stations, Metro stations and malls.