Delisha, a 23-year-old put up graduate pupil, transports gasoline from Kochi to Malappuram in her tanker lorry
“I can’t imagine that nobody noticed me driving a tanker lorry, within the final three years!” laughs Delisha Davis. The 23-year-old from Kandassankadavu in Thrissur district of Kerala made headlines a number of weeks in the past for driving the tanker transporting gasoline from Hindustan Petroleum’s LPG Plant at Irumpanam in Ernakulam to a petroleum pump in Thirur, Malappuram district.
She says, “Normally autos carrying petrol or diesel aren’t stopped by motorcar inspectors as they’re important commodities. Nevertheless, a number of weeks in the past, one official was shocked to see a lady behind the wheels and he instantly alerted officers on the subsequent checking level, assuming that I didn’t have a licence. However the official who stopped me was stunned after I confirmed him my licence, the cross issued by the corporate and different paperwork. He questioned why the division didn’t learn about me all these years and took the initiative to market it on social media.”
A postgraduate pupil in commerce, Delisha took driving classes from her father, Davis PV. She has licenses for a two-wheeler, four-wheeler and six-wheeler. “I don’t know if there may be another lady in Kerala who has the licence to drive a hazardous car at current. I’ve been loopy about autos and driving since childhood. I’ve two sisters and so they don’t have any curiosity it. However I jumped on the alternative when my father requested me if I’d go along with him on his day by day journeys. Progressively, I obtained involved in driving the tanker lorry,” she says.
Though she took the licence to drive the lorry three years in the past, she went for journeys solely on Saturdays as she had courses on different days. However when the lockdown started in March 2020, she had on-line courses at night time. That’s when she began her day by day journeys. Since it’s necessary to have a helper, her father took up that position.
Delisha covers round 300 kilometres per journey. She begins from her residence at 2.30 am to keep away from visitors and attain Irumpanam (round 75 kilometres) in two hours. “Then I anticipate the corporate to open at eight am and by 9.30 am, I’m able to journey to Thirur, which is a four-hour drive (practically 145 kilometres), offered I don’t cease wherever. As soon as I ship the gasoline, I begin my return journey (round 78 kilometres) by 2.30 pm. I’m again residence by 4-4.30 pm,” she says.
She affirms that it was not tough to stability her journeys and research. “Though I drove 5 or 6 days every week, I by no means felt drained as a result of I like to be behind the wheel. My courses are over now and I’m ready for my outcomes. At current, I’ve to go twice or thrice every week as a result of the sale is much less on the pump owing to the lockdown,” she provides.
Delisha factors out that it’s dangerous to drive a tanker lorry. “The car has two compartments for petrol and one for diesel and the overall capability is 12,000 litres. The driving force must be cautious due to the hazards posed by the gasoline. An accident can wipe out a whole area. Pace ought to be managed; dealing with curves is hard, so too overtaking. A car plying behind may trigger issues, particularly if it hits the tanker and there’s a spark,” she explains.
It took practically a yr for her to choose up the fundamentals. She learnt to drive the empty tanker earlier than shifting to a fully-loaded one. “Fully completely different abilities are wanted. My father taught me at night time on straight, four-lane roads with no humps,” she says.
Delisha provides that driving for 3 to 4 hours at a stretch was not straightforward to start with. “It is extremely sizzling as nicely. Nevertheless, I by no means considered giving up since I learnt it with a lot issue.”
She drives a 2012-model Ashok Leyland lorry, owned by the pump the place she provides the gasoline. “They don’t have any problem with a lady driver so long as they get the availability on time. Gender doesn’t come into play right here as a result of your driving talent, expertise and presence of thoughts are all that issues. Ladies drivers are sometimes made enjoyable of after we are on the street. It’s higher to disregard such folks. It’s harmful when one in every of them overtakes the lorry and brakes abruptly,” she avers.
Her dream is to drive the Volvo bus sometime. Nevertheless, for the reason that coaching is accessible solely in Bengaluru, she hopes to clear the PSC (Public Service Fee) examination and get into authorities service. She needs to get a job as a driver in Kerala State Street Transport Company. “There are sufficient vacancies however girls aren’t coming ahead for the job as a consequence of a number of causes. However I need to take it ahead,” she says. She needs to set an instance for ladies and provides that she had heard about Yogita Raghuvanshi, India’s first lady truck driver.
Together with her story splashed throughout social media, Delisha is completely happy, as is her father. “Although I had advised my associates about this they by no means believed me. My lecturers are additionally pleasantly shocked about it. On the entire, it feels good to be recognised and appreciated. The officers of the Motor Autos Division known as as much as admire me. My mom wasn’t too enthused about this job however now she is over the moon,” she says.