The Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, Mansukh L Mandaviya, launched the Youth Road Safety Learners Licence programme in New Delhi on October 15, 2018. The first-of-its-kind training programme is a PPP initiative to be run in collaboration with Diageo India and the Institute of Road Traffic Education (IRTE) and attempts to bring a formal and structured training program for the young, first-time drivers as they apply for learner’s license.
1. The youth road safety learners licence programme is an immersive and interactive module led by senior faculty members of IRTE covering varied aspects of responsible driving including defensive driving, ill effects of driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding and wearing of helmets spread over two days.
2. It will help improve road safety awareness amongst the young adults by inculcating behavioural change and creating awareness about responsible driving habits.
3. This programme adopts the means of creating awareness amongst youth so that they become defensive road users.
4. In the first year, the programme will cover 20 universities with a total of 400 programmes across the country.