Eicher opens institute of driver training and research in Maharashtra
Published On Nov 29, 2021
To empower driver development by training and upskilling, the new institute spread across 12 acres of compus has set-up under public-private partnership scheme and supported by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways.
Training of truck drivers, helping them acquire new skills and safer driving practices become imperatives for the transport community. Drivers being the vital clog within the transport eco-system, OEMs are working towards driver empowerment and development. Eicher Trucks and Buses which has been running truck driver institutes across the country has opened another new institute of driver training and research in association with the Phoenix Foundation in the Latur district of Maharashtra.
This institute has come up under the public-private partnership with the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways Aims to enhance the core competencies of the commercial vehicle drives by training them across a wide range of vehicles, through comprehensive and professional Driver Training programs.
The Phoenix-Eicher institute, which is spread over an area of 12 acres, is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities like a driving practice track, automobile lab, training vehicles & equipment and training content provided by Eicher. It will also be able to house 150 drivers in the hostel developed for the convenience of the drivers. The institute will not only train new drivers but also strengthen the skills of existing drivers by upskilling them with the new technologies.
Eicher already has eight Driver Training Institutes where pre-licensing training for new drivers is being provided. Eicher also conducts regular driver training programs through twelve Regional Driver Trainers and trains around 20,000 drivers every year. So far more than 2 lakh drivers have been trained across the country through these programs.
Looking After Drivers
Recognising the importance of skill drivers for efficient fleet utilisation and safety, Eicher has been highly engaged towards driver development over the years and has specifically developed highly interactive training material to effectively engage with the drivers.
The major focus of the training is imbibing positive driving culture like adhering to road signs & markings, safe driving, positive road behaviour. The training also emphasises driving techniques for improving fuel efficiency and making drivers understand the latest vehicle technology. The Phoenix-Eicher Institute of Driver Training and Research intends to act as an effective resource for promoting road safety education among commercial vehicle drivers as well as conducting programs for educating the general public.