Maruti Suzuki reaches safe driving milestone
Car market leader Maruti Suzuki India Limited MSIL on Wednesday announced that over two million people have now been trained in safe driving at its various driving training facilities in the country MSIL which started its safe driving initiative with Institute of Driving Training and Research IDTR in partnership with Delhi Government in 2000 said the two million milestone was achieved in July Maruti Suzuki currently manages six IDTRs two in NCR and one each in Dehradun Baroda Rohtak and Bahadurgarh in partnership with state governments These institutes offer learner and refresher courses including to commercial vehicle drivers Many trainees find gainful employment after completing their training programme Maruti Suzuki also collaborates with its dealers who manage and operate nearly 320 Maruti Driving Schools MDS across the country MDSes are neighbourhood driving schools that are equipped with driving simulators and offer a mix of classroom and practical training by trained instructors including women Over half the people trained at MDSes are women Mayank Pareek chief operating officer marketing and sales Maruti Suzuki India said India needs highquality training in safe driving on a massive scale We are happy that we have touched two million people but realise that this is only a in the ocean Various corporates and all stakeholders have to collaborate to make Indias roads safe for its users Maruti Suzuki expects to train five lakh people in safe driving in 201415 The IDTRs and MDSes also design customized programmes for corporate employees women and police and paramilitary personnel to expand the reach of safe driving practices Nearly 5000 tribal youth in Gujarat many of them landless workers have found jobs or turned successful entrepreneurs after being trained in the residential programme at IDTR Baroda run by Maruti Suzuki in partnership with the Gujarat government Under its Safe Driving initiative Maruti Suzuki also has Train the Trainer programme that helps multiply the impact  
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