The Mumbai Central RTO will teach 5,600 two-wheeler licence applicants on a simulator.

The Mumbai Central RTO will teach about 5,600 licence aspirants on a simulator this year as part of its attempts to make road travel safer for two-wheeler riders and passengers. It has established a training centre to assess visitors to its premises for two-wheeler licences' driving ability, understanding of traffic regulations, and passenger safety.

The programme would see the Non-governmental organization (NGO) United Way Mumbai station trainers at the Regional Transport Office (RTO) five days a week. Prior to obtaining their two-wheeler licence, the programme will guarantee that candidates have received adequate training and have passed the simulator exam. The training will take place in the road safety training facility.

"This approach will be reproduced in all of the city's RTOs. This would greatly assist licence applicants and help to educate the general public about the norms and regulations of riding and the need of adhering to them," Maharashtra Transport Commissioner Avinash Dhakne said.

"According to India's traffic accident statistics, two-wheeler riders account for 46% of deaths, making them vulnerable road users. In India, professional training facilities for two-wheeler riders are few. Through public-private partnerships, United Way Mumbai is aiming to bridge this gap," stated George Aikara, chief Executive Officer (CEO) of United Way Mumbai.

According to Aikara, the goal is to make this training more interesting and complete for the participants. With help from Castrol India, we have been delivering comparable training at Andheri RTO (since May 2018). There is potential to include such formal training within India's licence granting system. We intend to repeat this programme in collaboration with other RTO offices.

According to a 2021 traffic collision data study, 350 individuals died in road crashes in Mumbai, with 166 of them being two-wheelers. This indicates that half of all vehicles are two-wheelers and walkers. We need to focus on two-wheelers, especially pillions, where we have made helmet use mandatory, Regional Transport Officer Bharat Kalaskar said.

The program's name is 'TwoWheelsOneLifeM, but I would call it 2 wheels and many lives since it will save many lives on the road. With this effort, we can say that we have taken a significant stride forward in the realm of road safety, stated Joint Transport Commissioner Jitendra Patil.

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