To teach sensible driving lessons to the drivers of cars and commercial vehicles on the streets of Delhi and elsewhere, the second Institute of Driving Training and Research (IDTR) in the Capital would commence its operations from Tuesday onwards.
The Delhi government has already made it mandatory for commercial vehicle drivers seeking to renew their driving license to get a certification from institutes like the IDTR.
A joint venture between the Transport Department and Maruti Udyog Limited (MUL), the first IDTR at Wazirabad has already trained over 3.5 lakh drivers in the last six years.
The majority of the trained drivers drive commercial vehicles even though the institute is open for drivers of cars and other personal vehicles. “This is largely because for drivers of personal vehicles, it is not mandatory to train at IDTR at the time of renewing the driving license,” said an official from the Transport Department.
“We need to train more drivers so that they are disciplined on the roads and the rate of accidents come down,” said Transport Minister Haroon Yusuf. The Minister said: “The response from the first IDTR was so encouraging that the department decided to go ahead with a second one at Sarai Kale Khan”.
Apart from comprehensive training and evaluation in driving, lessons in road behavior, vehicle maintenance and even awareness about AIDS and alcoholism is imparted through IDTR.
MUL Managing Director Jagdish Khattar and Commissioner Transport R Chandramohan said the new IDTR would be built on a green complex concept, with a 3-km training and testing track. It will also be equipped with driving simulators and would use the latest teaching aids, including multimedia presentations, animations and story sessions. The Sarai Kale Khan IDTR would be spread over an area of 10 acres and will cater to the large populace of Central and South Delhi.
The simulators at IDTR enable learners to familiarise themselves with the controls of the car before they take the actual vehicle on the road. These also simulate various road and weather conditions like fog, dim light, uphill and downhill terrain, to provide comprehensive training to learners before they actually hit the roads.