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Maruti to set up 15 driving schools

Creating new benchmarks in safety, Maruti Udyog Limited today announced it would set up 15 world class driving schools in India in the next three months, as it launched two such institutes in Kerala.

The Maruti Driving schools (MDS), opened in Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram, are the first in the country. Among the cities where MDS would be opened are Jammu, Delhi, Gurgaon, Bangalore, and Chennai, MUL director (marketing), Mr K Saito told reporters here.

As part of a pilot project, Maruti opened driving schools at Bangalore, Chandigarh and Kollam last year and taking into consideration the overwhelming response, it was decided to start more such schools, he said.

Pointing at the accident ratios in India and Japan, he said India had 10 million vehicles and the traffic accidents were an alarming 87,000 a year against Japan’s 74 million vehicles on roads and an accident rate of 8,400 a year. Concern about the mounting deaths on Indian roads led the car manufacturer to focus on road safety and traffic management, he said.

“While we are requesting the government to set up a National Road Safety Board to improve safety, we believe that Maruti, as the market leader, also has a role and so this initiative of setting up the driving schools across the country.� The training course at the school was as per international norms. All learners would get classroom training, practical training and attitude training. The students would be first trained on simulator on which they can practice all car controls such as steering, accelerator, brakes and gear shift before they take the actual vehicle on the road, Mr PK Parimoo, DGM (MDS) said. All MDS instructors would have to undergo training for 15 days at the Institute of Driving Training and Research (IDTR) in Delhi.

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