The Japanese auto maker, Maruti Suzuki has collaborated with Uber India with an aim to train 30,000 drivers in a span of 3 years. This project has been targeted to train commercial drivers and equip them with necessary skills and techniques to drive on Uber platform. The qualified leads of aspiring drivers will be provided by Uber, which will be further undertaken by Maruti and then they will be given the specialized commercial driver training. The cities including Hyderabad, Chennai, Delhi-NCR region will be a part of the pilot phase program while the same will be introduced in Mumbai, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad and Pune on later stages.
This is the first ever partnership of Uber with India’s leading auto manufacturer and commenting on the same, Amit Jain, president, Uber India, said, “Uber is committed to creating more economic opportunities and extends full support to the government’s Skill India and entrepreneurship building initiatives. With UberSHAAN, our plan is to rapidly scale India’s entrepreneurial base and generate one million livelihood opportunities on the Uber platform by 2018. Our partnership with the National Skill Development Corporation and Maruti Suzuki will be instrumental in realising our goal by 2018.”
For a period of 30 days, the aspiring drivers will have to go through a series of tests including pre-assessment tests, theoretical training, practical training and post-training assessments, and this will be carried on under specialized training module made by Maruti Suzuki. There will be two segments of trainings, theoretical as well as practical segment. The theoretical part will include the training of basic level requirements which includes law and driving, driving in difficult conditions, attitudinal change towards road safety, vehicle controls and mechanisms, road signage, rules and markings etc. On the other hand, practical training will include rules of the road, risk perception, driving technique, safety driving, covering intensive training in driving pre-checks, and sharpening motoring skills, which is critically important.
Commenting on the collaboration, RS Kalsi, executive director (Marketing and Sales), Maruti Suzuki, said, “We are excited to partner with Uber India to train individuals in safe driving and provide micro-entrepreneurship opportunities to them. We expect to train 30,000 drivers under this programme. Through this partnership, we will be able to promote safe and responsible driving while facilitating meaningful livelihood for youth.”