A tanker truck driver? Really? That’s exactly what Motor Vehicle Department (MVD) officials thought when they saw Delisha Davis driving a tanker truck through the National Highway.
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24-year-old MCom student, Delisha Davis from Thrissur has always been fond of driving. Inspired by her father Davis PA, who has been a tanker driver for 42 years, Deilsha too wanted to scale up her driving capabilities. She learned how to drive a two-wheeler and four-wheeler and challenged herself by learning to drive a tanker truck. Deilsha has now been driving her tanker truck from Kochi to Malappuram at least thrice a week, for the past three years. She transports fuel from a refinery in Irumbanam to a petrol bunk located in Tirur.
In an interview, Delisha Davis shared,
“My day starts at 2 am. We drive to Irumbanam at 4 am and returns to Tirur with the load at 9.30 am. After unloading the fuel, we reach home by 3 pm. I attended my PG classes in the evening batch. Driving is my passion and Appa supported me fully. Otherwise, this would not have been possible. My dream is to drive a multi-axle Volvo bus and I am trying to get its licence.”
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When the MVD officials were informed of a small girl driving a tanker through Tirur, they had gone to inspect the vehicle. The officials were surprised to see the vehicle license and the license to carry hazardous goods under her name. They congratulated her for breaking the norms. They informed media officials that Delisha Davis is truly an inspiration to other women who wish to take up male-dominated roles without fear.
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