We are ON-THE-ROAD, an NGO dedicated for progress of the trucking community in India. We are the only NGO in India, that dedicates itself to the betterment and upliftment of the trucking community.
We want to work closely with government agencies, corporations, businesses and individuals who believe that trucks and truckers are the true backbone of the economy and are an unrecognized component of the national industrial machine.
To passionately create opportunities that encourages the social, financial, and human development of the trucking community.
To positively transform lives of all the members of trucking community in India.
The 8 focus areas of ON-THE-ROAD
1. Create awareness about health, wellness and sanitation amongst the trucking community.
2. Generate employment. Get the next generation of truckers to proudly join the profession.
3. Impart Importance of Insurance and financial stability.
4. Update with tools and technology that brings man and machine closure.
5. Generate respect for the profession. Build pride.
6. Create awareness amongst masses about the contribution of the trucking community.
7. Promote safety and sustainability
8. Bring out the hidden talents/heroes from the trucking community.
Make A Donation
For Indian Citizens and Corporates - The easiest way to help, and the most accessible, is for you to donate. Any amount helps. We ensure that these funds will be going to the furthering of our cause.
If you are a taxpayer in India, all donations to On The Road are 50% tax exempt under section 80G of the Income Tax Act. Please email Rahul.firstname.lastname@example.org for other donation options or any other questions.
Welcome To on The Road
We’ve all been on the road, been stuck in traffic behind a massive truck and seen the familiar “Horn Ok Please” and expressed some discontent: “Why did there have to be truck here?! I can’t even overtake it!”, or “It’s blocking the entire road!”, but how often have we thought about the people in those trucks?
Trucking is a massive profession in any country, and India is no exception. Of the 30-something million vehicles on the road in India, there are roughly 8.5 million trucks, and this forms a solid third of all Indian vehicles. According to various reports by the Times of India and Castrol, approximately 60% of all freight in India is transported by road. For this transport, of the 8.5 million trucks in commission, approximately one in four of these trucks remains idle due to a lack of available drivers for these trucks – 2.7 million trucks, almost 27% of trucks, are lying unused. The number of idle trucks is expected to rise to 50% by the year 2022, but why is this happening?
The answer to that question isn’t too strange, truck driving is a difficult job. This might be an easy statement to throw around, but when investigating one will find that a combination of low pay, respect, and poor quality of life coupled with a high risk of injury, poor job satisfaction and almost no benefits makes this an extremely unpopular avenue for employment – and the statistics agree with this assessment. The number of truck drivers in India has decreased from 900 drivers for every 1000 trucks in the year 2006 to roughly 600 drivers per 1000 trucks in the year 2016-17.
Our Pilot Interventions
A trucker’s drivers job is necessarily stressful and doesn’t permit them much time to get regular health check-ups, and consequently many develop eye and vision related issues that aren’t investigated until it is far too late.
- Additionally, the lifestyle involves sitting for long hours, and uncomfortable sleeping posture. This can lead to headaches, migraines, poor vision, spinal damage, and psychological damage.
- As a solution, we decided to bring eye check-up camps to the drivers. We’ve reached out to over 5,000 drivers and hope to reach out to over 100,000 over the next two years.
An exercise programme for staying healthy on the road
- An exercise routine is essential, from walking to an actual routine, and with a life like that of a truck driver, it might not be too easy to accomplish. It would be unfair to say that truck drivers have not developed their own methods – thirty-two laps around a tractor trailer is a little more than 1.5 km, some have turned their trucks into makeshift gyms.
- The point here is that the idea of the “gym without a gym” is entirely possible – exercise videos can be streamed to any internet connected device, an exercise guide is easy to distribute.
A programme to highlight trucker milestones, such as distances covered, form a sort of social media to help them communicate among one another and gain and give advice and discuss common routes and things like that.
This is just a little glimpse into the possibilities available to us in terms of improving the quality of life and status of truck drivers in India, and none of this faces any hope of being accomplished without the communication and cooperation of the public through volunteering efforts. To that end, please find here information about us, our programme and our talented team, and a means to reach out to use to help with our cause because every little thing counts.