Eicher And Phoenix Foundation Start Driver Training And Research Institute
Eicher Trucks and Buses has partnered with Phoenix Foundation to set up the Phoenix-Eicher Institute of Driver Training and Research in Latur, Maharashtra. The new institute, under the PPP scheme, is supported by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways and aims to enhance the core competencies of the commercial vehicle drivers by training them across a wide range of vehicles.
The driver training and research institute is located on a lande parcel of 12 acres and houses state-of-the-art facilities like driving practice track, automobile lab, training vehicles, equipment and content provided by Eicher. The facility also has the provision to house 150 drivers in the on-campus hostel.
Aiming to imbibe positive driving culture like adhering to road signs and markings, safe driving and positive road behaviour to commercial vehicle drivers, the institute adds to the count of such facilities established by Eicher. The company has so far established eight such institutes where pre-licensing training for new drivers is provided. The company also conducts regular driver training programmes and trains around 20,000 drivers every year.
Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport & Highways, commented, “The country has a strong need for skilled CV drivers. The Phoenix-Eicher Driver Training institute will play an important role in developing competent commercial vehicles drivers; for promoting safe and efficient transportation in the region.”
JP Verma, Vice President – After Market, Eicher Trucks and Buses, said, “At Eicher, we recognise the critical role that drivers play and therefore we have been pioneering driver empowerment and development by training and upskilling of drivers. The introduction of connected vehicles has revolutionised the commercial vehicle industry forever by preventing breakdowns and increasing driver safety. To take full advantage of such next-gen technology, it becomes imperative for the drivers to fully understand the features and benefits, which is why Eicher has established this institute. Eicher is also committed to promoting road safety education in the country through training and awareness programmes for safer roads and safe transportation.” (MT)