|The Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Dr. Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank dedicated state's first and the only Institute of Driving and Traffic Research (Uttarakhand) to the people of Uttarakhand, at a Lokarpon ceremony held in Dehradun today. Country's leading automobile company, Maruti Suzuki will manage and run this institute to promote road safety and impart scientific driving training in the state.
In December last year, Maruti Suzuki had signed an MOU with the Government of Uttarakhand to set up, manage and run the Institute of Driving and Traffic Research (Uttarakhand) in the state capital, Dehradun. This institute is the flagship corporate social responsibility initiative of Maruti Suzuki that works on the principle of public private partnership. Maruti Suzuki has been successfully running two similar institutes in Delhi on public private partnership model.
On the occasion, Dr. Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank, Chief Minister, Uttarakhand, said, "Maruti Suzuki has been playing a pioneering role in spreading awareness on road safety and safe driving in the country for a decade now. The company has introduced world class driving training courses, scientific training methods and modern infrastructure like driving simulators. The company has already trained over 6 lakh people in safe driving and road safety. We have chosen Maruti Suzuki as the automobile major is renowned and has a vast experience in running driving training institutes. I am sure, the driving training institute in Uttarakhand will play pivotal role promoting safe driving and making state roads safe in coming years."
Present at the occasion, Maruti Suzuki's head of marketing and sales, Mr. Mayank Pareek, said, "I am grateful to the state for accepting Maruti Suzuki as the partner for this initiative. The Institute of Driving and Traffic Research (Uttarakhand), Dehradun will form an integral part of Maruti Suzuki's National Road Safety mission. Under this mission, launched nationwide in December last year, Maruti Suzuki will train 5 lakh people in road safety over the next three years. Modern and scientifically designed infrastructure like the IDTR Dehradun will impart driving skills through technology and systems that are the best in the world."
In addition to imparting motor driving skills and technical training to the public, IDTR, Dehradun will assist, advise and support the State Government in activities that contribute to safety on roads and facilitate in improving the transport system in the State. Spread over a sprawling four hectares, the state-of the-art facility offers residential accommodation to the trainees along with classroom training. Located on Jhaajra Chakrata Road, the institute has test tracks for enhancing driving skills. Advanced Driving Simulators will help impart training in a safe environment. Coinciding with the Lokarpon ceremony, the IDTR, Dehradun has launched the first batch of 20 driver trainees.
This is Maruti Suzuki's third such initiative after success of two IDTRs at Delhi. Three more institutes, two in Haryana at Rohtak and Bahadurgarh, and one in Baroda, Gujarat are in the advance stage of completion. Maruti Suzuki is already in talks with other state governments to establish similar institutes in Tripura, Assam, West Bengal, Bihar, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Maharastra and Karnataka.
Institute of Driving Training and Research (IDTR), Delhi
Today, Maruti Suzuki manages two Institutes of Driving Training and Research (IDTR) in Delhi in collaboration with the state transport department of the Delhi Government. In addition, the company runs 59 Maruti Driving Schools across country with its dealer partners.
The first major effort in promoting road safety was in the year 2000 when Delhi Government invited Maruti Suzuki to manage the Institute of Driving Training and Research (IDTR) and start driving training courses. MSIL introduced training facilities & infrastructure including world-class driving test tracks, advanced computer simulators and training modules as per international standards, at the institute, spread over 14.6 acres. Regular research in road safety and safe driving was also started at the institute.
In 2006, the second IDTR was set up to promote road safety by primarily targeting non-commercial drivers and impart driving training to them. This institute is also equipped with the same facilities and infrastructure as made available in the first IDTR.
The pioneering work and infrastructure of the IDTRs has caught the attention of the government and general public alike. Today, several government departments and agencies have made it mandatory for their drivers to undergo periodic skill training and evaluation at IDTR. Delhi Government has laid down that the commercial vehicle drivers seeking to renew their driving license need a certification. So far, these two IDTRs have trained and evaluated around 5.2 lakh people, predominantly commercial drivers
Maruti Driving Schools
Maruti Suzuki has also involved its dealers across country in a big way in promoting road safety and safe driving closer to its customers. In collaboration with them, the company has set up 59 Maruti Driving Schools in 53 cities across the country. These schools are equipped with the world class, state-of-the-art driving simulators. Over 90,000 people have been imparted driving training at Maruti Driving Schools. Interestingly half of them are women learners.