Maruti Suzuki, Ola collaborate to create pool of skilled drivers

New Delhi [India], Dec 9 : Maruti Suzuki India Limited on Friday announced signing of an MoU with Ola to train aspiring drivers-partners under the 'Maruti Ola Training Program' where the company aims to target and benefit Ola partner-drivers in safe driving, over a period of three years.

India's leading passenger vehicle manufacturer Maruti Suzuki and Ola's partnership will create entrepreneurship opportunities for aspiring drivers-partners as well as make urban transportation safe, reliable and convenient.

The pilot phase of the initiative will be rolled out in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai and in NCR. The driving training programme will be gradually rolled out in Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Pune. "We are glad that through this partnership with Ola, we will be able to expand quality driving training while creating opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship.

We target to train 40,000 individuals over three years," said Executive Director Marketing and Sales Maruti Suzuki, R S Kalsi.

"We are delighted to work with a trusted Indian brand like Maruti to create a unique solution to skill tens of thousands of aspiring driver-entrepreneurs realize their dreams.

This is yet another initiative from Ola towards creating a robust and balanced driver ecosystem; which is vital to realize our mission of creating mobility for a billion Indians," said Chief Operating Officer Ola, Pranay Jivrajka.

Under the MoU, Maruti Suzuki would help the individuals/Ola partner-drivers obtain commercial license and also assist in availing vehicle financing to purchase their own car, after the completion of their course.

Ola will also provide qualified leads of potential driver-partners to Maruti Suzuki for facilitating them with commercial driving training.

The classroom sessions will familiarize the trainee with basic requirements such as vehicle controls and mechanisms, road signage, rules and markings, driving in difficult conditions, maintenance and fuel efficiency tips and traffic laws.

The practical training sessions cover intensive training on safe and efficient driving, pre-checks before starting to drive, risk perception, defensive driving techniques, driving in difficult conditions, rules of the road and emergency handling.

Ola works closely with multiple state governments to create a skilled workforce that has access to capital, insurance and vehicle at discounted prices.

Ola aims to add 50 lakh driver-partners on its platform by 2022 by mobilizing, training and engaging with aspirants through such partnerships.

Source: ANI