Drinking at work: Shocking study shows 56% of taxi drivers in Delhi-NCR admit drunk passengers
- Survey conducted among 10,000 taxi drivers by NGO Community Against Drunken Driving (CADD)
- Of the 55.6% who gave alcohol driving, 27% said they accepted bookings in a very intoxicated state
- Most of them said they drink during work because of the long working hours
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Partygoers are always advised not to ‘drink and drive’ and to go home safely by taxi or cab.
But judging by the shocking findings from a survey, even that can’t save you from accidents.
The survey of 10,000 taxi drivers from the NGO Community Against Drunken Driving (CADD), who have worked closely with the Delhi Police for 15 years to end the threat, found that 55.6 percent of them drive and drive regularly. Of them, 27 percent accepted bookings in a very intoxicated state.
Of the 55.6% who gave alcohol driving, 27% said they accepted bookings in a highly intoxicated state (photo only for display
The findings also raise serious questions about the safety of female passengers boarding alone in the cabin. The drivers admitted that they usually drink in their waiting time, but when a booking comes they do not refuse.
The survey was conducted between 2 pm and 1 am. Of the respondents, 62.1 percent admitted that they consume alcohol in their vehicles.
55.6% of the respondents say they drive and drive regularly
Of these, 27% even accepted a booking in a very drunken state
62.1% agreed to consume alcohol in their vehicles and were checked by their employer for drunk driving
90.2% have never been checked by their employer for drunk driving
Meanwhile, 55.6 percent of drivers admitted to driving drunk: the main reason for this is that alcohol consumption is common among drivers and many of them are regular drinkers.
Most of them said that because of long working hours (12-15 hours) they have little free time, so they drink while working.
More than 90 percent of taxi drivers have never been checked for drink-driving by their employers, the study said.
The survey of taxi and taxi drivers was conducted between September 10 and December 10, testing the claims of transport companies to test a safe ride and an alternative to drunk driving.
Drivers said that drinking alcohol in vehicles is easier because they spend up to 10-15 hours in the car, sometimes with long waiting times. Some respondents said it is also safe and economical to consume alcohol in the vehicle.
The study was conducted among 10,000 taxi drivers by the NGO Community Against Drunken Driving (CADD)
Drunk drivers are no less than “suicide bombers,” a city council said in June, refusing to be lenient to such a person by maintaining his prison sentence.
Road safety expert and CADD founder Prince Singhal said, ‘The study was conducted at 50 prominent public locations in Delhi, including airports, train stations, metro stations, shopping centers, commercial hubs, office complexes and university areas. 893 out of 10,000 were black and yellow taxi drivers and 9,107 were radio and app cab drivers. ‘
Singhal added, “An important finding of the survey was also that police enforcement on taxi drivers was negligible in Delhi, Gurugram and the Noida region and, if prosecuted, taxi drivers were usually charged with speeding offenses, red light jumping and brash driving, but rarely for drunk driving.
“Since taxi drivers have to drive sober, it is all the more relevant that the police regularly conduct alcohol tests on them, especially between 11pm and 1am.”
Some of the well-known areas where the survey was conducted include proximity to IGI airport, stations in New Delhi, Old Delhi, Nizamuddin Central Park, Connaught Place, Nehru Place office complex, GKI and II, New Friends Colony, several top shopping centers, DLF Cyber Hub, DLF City Center, Ambience Mall, Sector 18 Market Noida, Mall of India, Great India Place and Logix City Center.