A new Institute for Driver Training and Research is being set up at Kapurthala while two centres – Regional Driving Training Centre, Malerkotla and Heavy Vehicle Driving Testing Track, Gurdaspur are also in the offing as Punjab Transport Department enters into an agreement with Mercedes Benz, a subsidiary of Daimler India.These driver training institutes focus on explaining the drivers the importance of being attentive while driving. Like not talking on the phone, not driving with one hand, or when you are tired and so on. They also explain the technicalities about the vehicle so that the drivers are capable enough to fix their own vehicles if stuck where help is difficult to get.
Principal Secretary Transport, Anurag Aggarwal made the announcement of upcoming Training Institutes in Punjab at a meeting of the Transport Department at which Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal was also present. The new institute in alliance with Mercedes Benz will offer special skills and training to heavy vehicle drivers, automotive service technicians, body technicians and electricians. The facility will house six classrooms and an auditorium, besides a committee room, canteen and library. On site hostel facility for 75 trainees will also be provided.
The facility at Kapurthala will be constructed at INR 14.40 crores. This authorized testing station will cater to inspection of vehicles in a scientific way. Work will be handled by Central Institute of Road Transport and once complete, will meet the demands of 20,000 Light Motor Vehicles and 13,000 Heavy Motor Vehicles. The state has also set up 32 Automated Driving Test Tracks in 22 districts. This will speed up the process of delivering driver’s license.With these driver training institute, Mercedes Benz and Punjab Government aims to reduce road accidents and increase road safety.
Agarwal also indicated that installation of computerization of check posts was underway. A fleet of 400 new buses of PRTC and 510 buses of PUNBUS will also be provided in a phased manner to ensure better and more comfortable travel facilities with all new buses being introduced in the next few months.