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11 commercial drivers test positive for drugs

Pema Seldon Tshering, Thimphu
Oct 10, 2018

The Road Safety and Transport Authority (RSTA) will suspend driving licences of 11 commercial drivers, who tested positive for drugs, for a minimum of six months.

They were caught during a two-week long drug test that the RSTA conducted in collaboration with the Bhutan Narcotics Control Authority (BNCA). The test concluded yesterday.

Over 900 drivers, including 760 taxi drivers, underwent the test. The test was conducted on five busiest highways in the country.

“The test is carried out not to punish the drivers but to ensure road safety and help those who abuse drugs,” Sonam Dhendup, the Programme officer of RSTA, said.

He added the drivers were cooperative.

“There were rumours of taxi drivers doing drugs, but only four of them tested positive, which indicates not many taxi drivers do drugs. I think this is good news for people who rely on taxi services.”

Meanwhile, the 11 drivers who tested positive for drugs will be handed over to the BNCA for treatment and other necessary actions.

The re-issuance of licence, according to an official from the RSTA, will depend on the certificate issued to the drivers by a BNCA certified rehabilitation centre.

If they are found to be abusing drugs even after the treatment, the RSTA says their licenses will be cancelled.

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