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Jakarta Post

Dozens of bus drivers have health check up ahead of Idul Fitri exodus

  • Ganug Nugroho Adi

    The Jakarta Post

Surakarta, Central Java   /   Fri, June 8, 2018   /   01:33 pm
Dozens of bus drivers have health check up ahead of Idul Fitri exodus Ready to roll: Bus drivers serving the Idul Fitri holiday season undergo a health check at Terminal Tirtonadi, Surakarta, Central Java, on June 6. (JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi)

Dozens of bus drivers took part in a two-day health check-up program ahead of the Idul Fitri exodus at Tirtonadi Terminal in Surakarta, Central Java, which ended on Thursday.

The health examination included blood sugar and blood pressure tests, urine tests for drugs and alcohol and eyesight tests.

Most of the bus drivers were found to have high blood pressure due to fatigue and lack of sleep. The health check program was held to ensure that bus drivers were healthy and could serve Idul Fitri travelers.

“Around 50 drivers of the intercity and interprovincial buses took the test every day. We collaborated with the Surakarta Health Agency and the police,” said Tirtonadi Terminal coordinator Joko Sutriyanto.

Surakarta Health Agency disease control and prevention head Dwi Martiastuti further said the health check included interviews to examine whether the drivers were tired, sleepy or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Dwi added the health team would give recommendations to each driver on whether they were fit enough to drive. Any driver found to be under the influence of drugs would be reported to the police.

 “If they’re not fit, they must take rest. Don’t force yourself. Don’t put your passengers at risk because you are sleepy or unwell."

Surakarta authorities have also checked hundreds of buses from four companies to determine whether they were roadworthy. (stu/ebf)