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MUL sets up driving school in Bangalore

By Our Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI, MARCH 19. In a trend setting move aimed at turning out well-trained drivers, Maruti Udyog today said it would set up driving schools modelled on international lines with the first one being established in Bangalore, followed by Kollam (in Kerala) and Chandigarh, by the end of this month.

The company said its driving schools would be equipped with world-class simulators, to enable learners familiarise themselves with the controls of the car before taking the actual vehicle on the road.

According to MUL, these training institutions will also simulate various road and weather conditions to provide comprehensive training to learners.

Each driving instructor will be intensively trained for a fortnight at the Institute of Driving Training & Research (IDTR), Delhi, which is managed by Maruti.

The MUL Managing Director, Jagdish Khattar, said, "We are very concerned about mounting deaths on Indian roads. These can be brought down if government, industry and the voluntary sector work together in an integrated manner."

These driving schools will be set up in partnership with Maruti dealerships, which will operate and manage the schools. The company said this would be a self-sustaining activity for Maruti and making additional profits was not its objective.

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