Candidates are given on-the-road training in Alto, Wagon-R or Esteem

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Kochi, March 27

Maruti Udyog Ltd has launched two new Maruti Driving Schools in Kerala. One of them was launched in Kochi and the other in Thiruvananthapuram.

Inaugurating the driving school at Kochi, Mr K. Saito, Director (Marketing and Sales), Maruti, said that Kerala was one of the first three States where the company launched a driving school. There has been very encouraging response to the first three pilot schools launched last year in Bangalore, Kollam and Chandigarh. Over 2,400 people including more than 1,200 women have undergone training and have learnt driving at these schools, he said.

Mr Saito said that the idea of starting a driving school was mooted three years back, considering the high accident rate in the country. Maruti Driving School was set up to enhance the driver's judgment, swift decision-making and operational skills, he said.

The training course at the driving school is as per international practices and all learners will get classroom training, practical training and attitude training. The driving school has a world class simulator, a machine on which learners can practice all car controls such as steering, accelerator, brake and gear shift before they take the actual vehicle on the road. The candidates are then given on-the-road training in Alto, Wagon-R or Esteem.

He said there are plans to open 15 more schools across the country. The aim is to create a new benchmark in safe driving, He pointed out that Maruti range of vehicles has a 69 per cent market share in the State and 54 per cent nationally.

The Kochi driving school will be in collaboration with Popular Vehicles and Services, while the Thiruvananthapuram school will be run in association with Indus Motors Pvt Ld.

Speaking on the occasion, the DGM of Maruti Driving School, Mr R.K. Parimoo, said Maruti stood number one in customer satisfaction for the sixth year in a row.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated March 28, 2006)
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