Maruti Suzuki India Limited, leading automakers in India will offer training to 30,000 drivers employed with Uber India. Maruti Suzuki and Uber India have entered into an agreement for this purpose on Thursday while National Skills Development Corporation is also a part of this initiative.
Under UberShaan program, Uber India expects to offer over 1 million livelihood opportunities by 2018 while Maruti Suzuki will offer training to enhance driving skills.
Started as a pilot project initially in Hyderabad, Chennai and Delhi-NCR, the program will be expanded to Mumbai, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad and Pune in due course. Maruti Suzuki will conduct 4 month pilot and driver training while on completion of the training, drivers will receive a commercial license and will be required to join the Uber platform. Uber, on their part, will offer vehicle finance and leasing solutions to successful candidates.
The training includes pre-assessment tests, theory and practical training along with post training assessment for 30 days. Drivers will be taught vehicle control and mechanisms, road signs and markings besides rules and regulations of safe driving. They will also be instructed on driving under difficult conditions, maintenance and attitudinal change towards road safety.
Maruti Suzuki is well versed in imparting driver training skills over the past 16 years. The company has 6 Institutes of Driving and Training Research besides 370 Maruti Driving Schools spread across the country.