S. Anil Radhakrishnan

It is being set up by the Motor Vehicles Department

Part of steps to ensure road safety

Drivers of heavy vehicles will be the target group

Thiruvananthapuram: The Institute of Driver Training and Research being set up by the Motor Vehicles Department (MVD) with support from Union government, to impart specialised training to drivers, will commence functioning at Chevayoor near Kozhikode.

The institute will be functioning in the 2.7 acres of land owned by the MVD to avoid lapse of financial assistance from the Union government.

The delay on the part of the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) in making available 25 acres of land owned by it in Edappal, free of cost, has forced the MVD to set up the institute at Chevayoor for the time being.

“The training centre and the hostel that already exists in the land will be used to impart training to drivers. The training is scheduled to commence within a month,” official sources said.

The MVD has already received Rs.1 crore of the Rs.3 crore support extended by the Centre. Since the KSRTC has now agreed to lease out the land at Edappal to MVD instead of handing it over, funds from the Centre will be used for constructing a full-fledged institute at Edappal. Construction will be taken up after the MVD gets a formal sanction in this regard.

The institute is being set up as part of the steps initiated by Centre and State governments to reduce road mishaps. Drivers of heavy vehicles will be the main target group and they will be given training on various aspects of safe driving.

The institute will be run by a society chaired by the Minister for Transport and having the Transport Commissioner as convenor. The Secretary, Transport; Chairman and Managing Director of KSRTC; Director of the National Transportation Planning and Research Centre; Secretary, State Transport Authority; Inspector General of Police (Traffic); and Deputy Transport Commissioner, Thrissur, are the members.

Training modules

The institute will impart training to drivers in six modules worked out by the society. The modules include professional training to drivers operating heavy vehicles, drivers of vehicles transporting hazardous substances, and driving school instructors. The institute will have all modern facilities such as simulators and computer based teaching aids to impart training.