In an industry-first
initiative, designed for driver empowerment and welfare, Indian Oil Corporation
Ltd. (IOCL) and Eicher Trucks and Buses (a division of VE Commercial Vehicles)
tied- up to introduce Driver Pragati Kendra. The Manesar based facility, which
is an IOCL COCO outlet, has been specially designed as a complete solution to
address fatigue management, road safety and share best practices for driving
profession. The driver training would include:
* Fuel efficient driving
techniques, important for saving fuel
* Safe driving habits,
important for personal safety
* Basic vehicles maintenance
for better vehicles up time.
* Health and hygiene for
personal wellbeing and happy life
*Behavioural training covering
communication, financial planning, mobile literacy and family welfare.
The Driver Pragati Kendra,
will also help induct commercial vehicle drivers within the realms of
respectable society by giving them access to basic amenities. Driver Pragati
Kendra is a specially designed facility with services like dormitory
accommodation, bathing & washing areas, laundry facility, food at
subsidized rates and recreational facilities along with access to cash vending
As the national economy relies
on the trucking industry to grow, the demand for skilled truck drivers is only
poised to increase further, while currently there is an acute shortage of
competent drivers in the country. Initiatives like Driver Pragati Kendra will
play a crucial role in addressing this need gap by focusing on educating the
drivers in the required skill-set, at the same time improving their health and
Present at the inauguration of
the Driver Pragati Kendra included Vinod Aggarwal (MD & CEO – VE Commercial
Vehicles), Sajjan Kumar, ED (DSO) at IOCL and DK Sharma, Executive Director
(RS) at IOCL
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