Maruti Suzuki partners with UP government for automated driving tests

Lucknow/ New Delhi: In the august presence of Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Shri Yogi Adityanath, Maruti Suzuki India Limited signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Transport Department, Government of Uttar Pradesh to automate driving license test tracks at Driver Training and Testing Institutes (DTTIs) at Ayodhya, Gorakhpur, Mathura, Prayagraj and Varanasi. The initiative is aimed to make the process of issuance of a driving license more comprehensive, efficient, and transparent. This will be achieved by the use of advanced technology. The MoA was signed by Shri Chandra Bhushan Singh (IAS), Transport Commissioner, Government of Uttar Pradesh and Mr. Tarun Agarwal, Vice President, CSR, Maruti Suzuki.

The DTTIs will be equipped with scientifically laid test tracks, high-definition cameras, and an integrated IT system. This setup is designed for accurate testing of driving skills. Moreover, the driving license aspirants will be assessed at these advanced facilities. With a strong focus on encouraging safe driving, only aspirants with proficient driving skills will be able to secure a driving license. Under the MoA, driving license test tracks for Heavy Motor Vehicles (HMV), Light Motor Vehicles (LMV) and 2-wheelers will be automated by Maruti Suzuki.

Shri Chandra Bhushan Singh (IAS), Transport Commissioner, Government of Uttar Pradesh said, “We are extremely delighted to partner with Maruti Suzuki. Moreover, our collaboration aims to make the issuance of driving licenses more scientific and transparent. Under the MoA, test tracks at Driver Training and Testing Institutes (DTTIs) at Ayodhya, Gorakhpur, Mathura, Prayagraj and Varanasi will be automated. This will also make our roads safer, help bring down road accidents and save lives.”

Mr. Rahul Bharti, Executive Officer, Corporate Affairs, Maruti Suzuki India Limited, who also attended the signing ceremony, said, “We are excited to partner with the Government of Uttar Pradesh under the vibrant leadership of Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Yogi Adityanath. Furthermore, our goal is to strengthen the driving testing system in the state by deploying state-of-the-art technology. For over two decades, Maruti Suzuki has been working tirelessly towards 5Es of road safety, including Engineering, Education, Evaluation, Enforcement, and Emergency care. Across India, their 8 Institutes of Driving and Traffic Research have trained over 44 lakh individuals in safe driving techniques.”

He added, “The automation of driving license test tracks at DTTIs is an important reform in the license issuance system. It ensures zero human intervention in testing. We comprehensively assess driver license aspirants objectively and transparently using video analytics, all within ten minutes. This also ensures that only those with requisite skills are issued a driving license. Moreover, we thank Government of Uttar Pradesh for this opportunity to collaborate towards safe and responsible driving.”

As part of the project, Maruti Suzuki will undertake automation of the driving license test track. This will involve using requisite technology in line with the Central Motor Vehicles Rules (CMVR). This will help accurately evaluate essential driving skills of the aspirants. Furthermore, the Government of Uttar Pradesh will be responsible for the civil work and operation of the center. This center issues driving licenses to eligible aspirants.

Maruti Suzuki’s efforts in Road Safety:

Maruti Suzuki identifies Road Safety as a key area of intervention for its CSR efforts. Under this initiative, the company has undertaken multiple initiatives. In partnership with the Transport Departments of Delhi, Uttarakhand, Bihar & Haryana, the Company has set up Automated Driving Test Tracks (ADTTs). The Company has also facilitated 100% computerized driving license testing across all centers in Delhi.

Maruti Suzuki has established Institutes of Driving & Traffic Research (IDTRs) and Road Safety Knowledge Centers (RSKCs). Over 44 lakh drivers have been trained and evaluated at these centers since 1999. The Company has partnered with the Delhi Government to implement Traffic Safety Management System (TSMS). For this purpose, the city has placed high-resolution cameras and radar systems at 13 junctions. Moreover, these systems have identified traffic violations. Authorities issued more than 33 lakh challans between 2019 and March 2022.

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