Maruti Suzuki India has partnered with Uber India through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Under the MoU, the Company will train over 30,000 individuals/Uber partner-drivers in safe driving over a period of 3 years. The initiative is aimed at providing aspiring commercial drivers with micro-entrepreneurship opportunities and equipping them with necessary skill to operate on the Uber platform. The pilot phase will be rolled out in Hyderabad, Chennai, Delhi-NCR region and will be introduced in Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Pune thereafter.
The MoU was exchanged by Mahesh Rajoria, Assistant Vice President (Driving Training), Maruti Suzuki India Limited and Amit Jain, President, Uber India at the 9th Global Skills Summit at FICCI, in presence of Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
As per the MoU, Uber will provide qualified leads of potential driver-partners to Maruti Suzuki for facilitating them with commercial driver training. Under the training module developed by Maruti Suzuki, the drivers will undergo pre-assessment tests, theoretical training, practical training and post-training assessments for a period of 30 days. While the pre-assessment will be undertaken by Uber, the entire training process followed by post-training assessment with grades attributed to the drivers will be Maruti Suzuki’s responsibility.
The theoretical segment will familiarize the learner with basic requirements such as vehicle controls and mechanisms, road signage, rules and markings, driving in difficult conditions, maintenance and fuel efficiency tips, law and driving, attitudinal change towards road safety etc. The practical training covers intensive training in driving pre-checks, risk perception, driving technique, safety driving, rules of the road and motoring skills.