A modern Institute of Driving and Traffic Research (IDTR) expected to train over 20,000 people annually, has been set up at Rohtak in Haryana by leading car maker Maruti Suzuki India Limited.
Giving the information in New Delhi on Tuesday, an official spokesman said the state-of the-art training facility was the result of public-private-partnership between the leading car manufacturer and Haryana government.
Expected to train over 20,000 people in safe driving per annum, the IDTR is spread over an area of 14 acres and has six class rooms with a capacity for 40 trainees each, two driving simulators, 1.8 km-long driving training tracks, six cars and two buses for training, a driving laboratory and a library.
The courses at the IDTR include training course for commercial drivers, learner driving training courses and customized driving training courses for police staff, auto drivers, learner licence aspirants and companies. Special training would also be provided to violators of traffic rule.
The IDTR was inaugurated by Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda yesterday.
According to a report compiled by International Road Federation, India loses about Rs one lakh crore every year in road accidents. In terms of fatalities, around 1.6 lakh lives are lost annually in road accidents.
While India has only one per cent of global vehicular population, it still accounts for over 10 per cent road fatalities at a global level and 78 per cent of road accidents are caused due to driver's fault, the spokesman said.