Maruti Suzuki has recently introduced a road safety programme called National Road Safety Mission as a gratitude to India on completing its 25 glorious years in the country.
During the inauguration of the mission, the chairman of Maruti Suzuki, Mr. R. C. Bhargava said, “We will be training five lakh drivers in the next three years, of which 1 lakh will be from the economically challenged sections.”
He also added, “The country does not have infrastructure to teach people how to drive correctly and we have taken upon ourself to play a part in training drivers.”
The company feels that the modernization of auto industry is actually incomplete without people realizing the importance of safe driving and road safety. The move towards imparting driving skills to the weaker section of the society is credited to play an integral role in making these people employable thereby fulfilling its social responsibility.
In India, Maruti currently operates two Institute of Driving Training & Research (IDTR) and 47 Maruti Driving Schools. By 2010, the company plans to add four IDTRs and about 130 new schools to the existing numbers.
Maruti Suzuki would inaugurate one IDTR in Haryana next week, while one is to be launched in Gujarat by the end of this fiscal year. The company has even signed a partnership with Uttarakhand for establishing the same.