The country’s largest car maker, Maruti Suzuki, has tied up with the Punjab government to manage and run 32 driving training institutes in the state.
The institutes will offer high-quality driving training, using driving simulators, classroom instruction and practical training, Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) said in a statement.
Once fully operational, the institutes in the first phase would be able to train around 10,000 learners, including women, youth and the underprivileged, annually, it added.
As part of the tie-up, MSI will undertake management of the institutes. The company will provide driving simulators, training cars (with dual control accessories) and course curriculum.
The company will invest around Rs 3 crore in a phased manner under this CSR (corporate social responsibility) programme.
MSI executive director, marketing and sales, RS Kalsi said India needed high-quality training in safe driving.
“Partnerships will help us achieve the scale... Through collaborative approach, we have touched nearly 25 lakh people, but realise that this is only a drop in the ocean,” he added.
Punjab principal secretary, transport, Anurag Agarwal said the state would benefit from MSI’s experience and expertise in the area. “More than 10,000 learners initially are expected to benefit from the facilities of driving training institutes spread across the state,” he added.
The memorandum of understanding (MoU) in this regard was signed on behalf of the state government by member secretary, state transport society, Ashwani Kumar; and Mahesh Rajouria of the Society for Promotion of Road Safety and Safe Driving; in the presence of Agarwal and Kalsi.
Agarwal stated that now nobody in the state would be able to procure a driving licence without appearing in the driving test.
What’s in store
32 driving training institutes to be set up across Punjab
Maruti Suzuki India to invest around Rs 3 crore in a phased manner under CSR (corporate social responsibility) programme
Initially, more than 10,000 learners expected to benefit from facilities