Inaugurated by honorable minister of Road Transport & Highways, Shri Nitin Gadkari

The institute has been established under PPP scheme and is supported by Ministry of Road Transport & Highways

Eicher Trucks and Buses in partnership with Phoenix Foundation has established the Phoenix-Eicher Institute of Driver Training and Research in Latur, Maharashtra to upskill driver fraternity in the state. Set up under public-private partnership with the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, this institute aims to enhance the core competencies of the commercial vehicles drives by training them across wide range of vehicles, through a comprehensive and professional Driver Training programs. The institute is inaugurated by Shri Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport & Highways in the presence of Shri JP Verma, Vice President After Market – Eicher Trucks and Buses and Shri Pasha Patel, Chairman - Phoenix Foundation.

Eicher already has eight Driver Training Institutes where pre-licensing training for new drivers is being provided. Eicher also conducts regular driver training programs through  twelve Regional Driver Trainers and trains around 20,000 drivers every year. So far more than 2 lakh drivers have been trained across country through these programs.

The Phoenix-Eicher institute, which is spread over an area of 12 acres, is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities like driving practice track, automobile lab, training vehicles & equipment and training content provided by Eicher. It will also be able to house 150 drivers in the hostel developed for the convenience of the drivers. The institute will not only train new drivers but also strengthen the skills of existing drivers by upskilling them with the new technologies. 

Eicher has contributed significantly towards driver development over the years and has specifically developed highly interactive training material to effectively engage with the drivers. The major focus of the training is imbibing positive driving culture like adhering to road signs & markings, safe driving, positive road behaviour. The training also emphasises on driving techniques for improving fuel efficiency and making drivers understand latest vehicle technology. The Phoenix-Eicher Institute of Driver Training and Research intends to act as an effective resource for promoting road safety education among the commercial vehicle drivers as well as conducting programs for educating the general public.  

Speaking on the occasion of the inauguration, Shri Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport & Highways appreciated Eicher’s contribution in establishing Phoenix-Eicher Institute of Driver Training & Research @ Latur (Maharashtra), as well as other driver development initiatives. He said “The country has a strong need for skilled CV drivers and the Phoenix-Eicher driver training institute will play an important role in developing competent commercial vehicles drivers for promoting safe and efficient transportation in the region”.

Commenting on the inauguration, Shri JP Verma, Vice President After Market, Eicher Trucks and Buses said, “At Eicher, we recognize the critical role that drivers play and therefore we have been pioneering driver empowerment and development by training and upskilling of drivers. The introduction of connected vehicles, has revolutionised the commercial vehicle industry forever, by preventing break downs and increasing driver safety. To take full advantage of such next-gen technology, it becomes imperative for the drivers to fully understand the features and benefits, which is why Eicher has established this institute. Eicher is also committed to promote road safety education in the country through training and awareness programs for safer roads and safe transportation”   

About VE Commercial Vehicles Limited (VECV):

VE Commercial Vehicles Limited (VECV) is a joint venture between the Volvo Group and Eicher Motors Limited. In operation since July 2008, the company includes the complete range of Eicher branded trucks and buses, VE Powertrain, Eicher’s components businesses as well as the sales and distribution business of Volvo trucks within India. Since November 2020, the operations of Volvo Buses in India are also integrated into VECV. VECV’s vision is to be recognized as the industry leader driving modernization in commercial transportation in India and the developing world.