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Guys in swanky cars most unruly on roads: Alphons

PTI
Published : Mar 30, 2018, 6:27 am IST
Updated : Mar 30, 2018, 6:27 am IST

He further stated that the change should begin with ‘big people’ and questioned the logic behind the security provided to him as minister.

Alphons Kannanthanam, Minister of state for tourism (Photo: PTI)
 Alphons Kannanthanam, Minister of state for tourism (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: “Guys in swanky cars” are the most unruly drivers, tourism minister K.J. Alphons said on Thursday while talking of unsafe roads which lead to around 1.5 lakh road fatalities in the country every year.

Inaugurating a two-day conference on ‘Safer Road Transportation to promote National Tourism’ ,  he said while it was a good idea to train taxi drivers on safe practices , it was important to train people driving expensive automobiles on streets. “Very often I have noticed that it is the guys in swanky cars who are the most unruly of all and we blame taxi drivers. In fact Goodyear (which along with the Institute of Road Traffic Education has initiated the road safety programme) should start training millionaires first,” he said. “We think that once we have a swanky car we own the whole world, we have the right to run over people sleeping on footpaths, of course there are lawyers who will manipulate the facts and bring in a poor guy who will say he was driving...We have seen many famous cases in India. We all need to change,” he said.

He further stated that the change should begin with ‘big people’ and questioned the logic behind the security provided to him as minister. “Who wants to kill the poor tourism minister of the country? 

A lot of this is a sense of self importance. Yes, there are people who need to be protected the prime minister, the president, vice-president, home minister...Their security cannot be compromised,” Mr Alphons said, adding that he is ‘embarrassed’ to be seen driving around with an escort.

The minister also stressed on the need for developing better and safer roads to attract more global tourists. “Better and safer roads in the country can help double our tourists in India in the next three years. 

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