A new era in public transportation has started in İzmir. ESHOT General Directorate, which took action after the Metropolitan Mayor Tunç Soyer's decision to have women drivers on buses, also got 17 candidates who passed the exams successfully.
Women drivers, who improved their driving techniques in in-house training activities, managed to get full marks from instructors with their attention and skills.
ESHOT General Directorate, which is the heart of public transportation in İzmir, has taken a historical step. Bus driver, considered among the most demanding professions, is now out of men's monopoly. Upon the request of Izmir Metropolitan Mayor Tunç Soyer, the recruitment of a female bus driver started to ESHOT. 17 female bus drivers who passed the exams got the job. This number is aimed to exceed 30 in a short time.
They were eye-catching on the training track
Right to start work by proving your competence as a bus driver. kazanAn 17 female drivers went through a rigorous training program before taking on a job in the city. Like all public transport personnel, ESHOT's female drivers learned how to cope with dangerous situations they will encounter by using advanced driving techniques as part of the training program. Driving on wet and slippery surfaces, correct maneuvering techniques to avoid sudden obstacles and daily vehicle maintenance are among the training topics. Trainers who have been training male drivers for years are extremely satisfied with the performance of female drivers.
Mayor Soyer: We are breaking down prejudices
The architect of the revolutionary application for ESHOT is Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer. “We aim to overcome gender biases in all areas of life in this city. We begin this with one of the lines of business that have become the castles of the male-dominated structure, ”said Soyer.“ Everyone is asking; do women do this job or not? Yes, not everyone can use heavy vehicles. It is true that it is a job that requires skill and equipment. But this has nothing to do with sex. Our purpose is not to showcase a few people and make them say there are women drivers in İzmir. Then you do a show job. I believe that many more women bus drivers will start working in the future. ”
Women drivers who say they live the excitement of serving the people of Izmir believe that they will be successful. Stating that they trust themselves and realize their dreams, female drivers emphasize that men can do everything they do.
Women's drivers in Izmir
Fatma Nihal Buruk: We trust ourselves
“It's been my dream since childhood. Passenger buses would pass by our house. I was a fan of fans. I said that one day I will use these buses. Thank you, our Mayor, Tunç Soyer, allowed us. We will find ourselves on the roads. Of course, every sector has difficulties, but we are confident, we know how to face difficulties. We live in a patriarchal society, but if women are given the opportunity, believe us we will be at the top. We want to change the perspective of the passengers on the drivers. My mother, my father, my brother support everyone, my wife, who is a long road driver, has left her job to make my dream come true. ”
Returned Work: Everything started with a claim
“I was a service driver before. I have an 11 year old daughter. My wife is also a bus driver. My daughter said to me one day, “My father is using a bus because he is stronger, you cannot use it. So women are powerless. ” I went to the driving school the next day to show him that women could do it all, and took the E-class driving license exams. Now he says, 'Men and women are equal, women can do anything'. I think that children can learn everything by seeing and living. I did something like this to show this, but I also love driving, being in people. If we can raise a child as a mother, we can also do everything that men do. We are also raising men. ”
Songül Güven: There is no woman in this business
“I was working as an instructor in the driving school. We constantly engage with cars. This profession also appealed to me. We said we can do it and we started this business. There were those who said you couldn't. We started off by saying 'how does the person do it'. We will multiply even more. This man does not have a woman. Everyone's purpose is the same; service. If we want to offer something nice to the people of Izmir, we women should also be involved. There is no such thing as difficult. Let's just ask. ”