The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC), the world’s largest state-owned fleet with 22,000 buses and also the largest employer of women in a road transport corporation in the country, is now handing over the steering wheel to its women staff.
A notification was issued on Wednesday to recruit women to fill 21 posts of drivers (SC/ST category) in the six bus depots of Nalgonda region. With about 8,000 women already on its payrolls as conductors, it was only a matter of time before they moved into the driver’s seat.
The rules remain the same. The women should know how to drive and have a minimum experience of 18 months on a heavy vehicle. The minimum height is 160 centimetres. Other regions in APSRTC are also likely to issue such notifications soon.