UP Govt promotes safe driving behaviour, establishes 17 driver training institutes

With 17 new driver training institutes, the Uttar Pradesh government is pushing on having safer roads, as these DTIs will train drivers to posses safe driving traits.

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To ensure that road users in Uttar Pradesh possess safe driving behaviour, the state government is jolting its efforts. No, not by penalising people for disobeying traffic rules. This time around, the government is taking a rather approachable route by establishing at least 17 driver training institutes. Uttar Pradesh has set up at least 17 state-of-the-art driver training institutes in the state. As revealed, these institutes will be ready by mid-2023. Moreover, they will make the roads safer for users, while teaching safe driving skills. These driver training institutes will open on the basis of the completion of construction. Rae Bareli is likely to get its DTI opened by this year itself.

The institute was sanctioned by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highway (MoRTH) to train commercial drivers and those who drive their own private vehicles at nominal fees.

In addition to this, Driver Training Institutes (DTIs) have been sanctioned in 14 other divisions by the government for which the tenders have been floated to select vendors.

According to the government spokesman, "By March, we will have vendors selected at all divisions. A centre was planned in Varanasi also but it is being developed by the Centre now. Apart from this, it will take a little more time for the Banda DTI to come up. By June, we may have DTIs in 14 divisions.

Vendors will be given at least three months` time to get the DTIs ready.

The state has made it mandatory for government vehicle drivers and commercial vehicle drivers to undergo a refresher course in driving.

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"It is not that after a DL is issued a driver cannot be trained. At the time of renewal, they will be asked for a training certificate," said the spokesman, adding that it will also make the DTIs self-sustainable.

To ensure similar institutes in 58 other districts, the state government has opened it up for the private sector.

The State Transport Authority (STA) has called for applications from the private sector also.

With inputs from IANS