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Andhra Pradesh Transport Department & Honda 2Wheelers India celebrate 2nd anniversary of Safety Driving Education Centre (SDEC) in Vijayawada

Sensitized more than 44,000 people of the city on importance of road safety

Vijayawada : Instilling positive awareness on road safety among the riders and drivers of Vijayawada, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) and Andhra Pradesh Transport Department celebrated 2nd anniversary of its Safety Driving Education Centre (SDEC) at Regional Transport Authority, Punammathota, Labbipet, Vijayawada.

Making it a memorable event, a tree plantation ceremony was held in the august presence of Sh. M. Puremdra (District Transport Commissioner, Vijayawada), Sh. A. Vijaya Saradhi (Regional Transport Officer, Vijayawada) and Mr. Atsushi Ogata (Managing Director, President & CEO, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd.) along with other dignitaries from transport department, city police and Honda 2Wheelers India.

In September 2019, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) in association with Andhra Pradesh Transport Department inaugurated their first Safety Driving Education Centre (SDEC) of Andhra Pradesh in Vijayawada to initiate a unique ‘Road Safety Training’ exclusively for all two-wheeler & four-wheeler learner license applicants.

Driving road safety awareness amongst the new riders and drivers of the city, HMSI announced that through its daily training, it has educated over 32,000 learner license applicants of Vijayawada since its inception. In addition to this, HMSI’s safety instructors at Vijayawada SDEC have digitally spread road safety awareness to nearly 12,000 people of the city through its ‘Honda Road Safety E-Gurukul’ during the COVID-19 lockdown. 

Speaking on HMSI’s road safety initiatives, Mr. Atsushi Ogata, President, MD and CEO, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “For more than 20 years, we are aggressively working in India towards our vision of ‘Safety for Everyone’ on roads. While safer vehicles are essential for handling road safety crisis, sensitization & education is a key building block for ensuring safety of all road users. With this approach to safety, we have carefuly curated road safety awareness programes catering to all and have educated more than 41 lac Indians. Going ahead, we will continue to proactively evolve our safety initiatives with an aim to build a collision-free mobile society where not only riders or drivers but everyone sharing the road can safely and confidently enjoy the freedom of mobility.“

Speaking on the occasion of 2nd anniversary of Safety Driving Education Center, Sh. M. Puremdra (District Transport Commissioner, Vijayawada) said, “Andhra Pradesh Transport Department in collaboration with Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. inaugurated the SDEC at Regional Transport Authority of Vijayawada with an objective to train applicants coming for learner license. Despite the center being closed for few months due to COVID-19 restrictions, the safety instructors have trained more than 32,000 learner license applicants at center while strictly adhering to the COVID-19 safety guidelines. Ever since the start of road safety training, the percentage of students passing the test has also increased. I appreciate the efforts of  Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. and its road safety training instructors for taking up this initiative to train the LLR applicants of Vijayawada.”

Sharing his thoughts on this occassion, Mr. Prabhu Nagaraj, Senior Vice President – Brand & Communication, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. said, “Road safety has been a major cause of concern in India. In 2019, Andhra Pradesh reported nearly 22,000 road accidents, contributing almost 5% to total accidents in India. Lack of knowledge of road safety is one of the main causes of accidents. To enhance their basic Road Safety awareness, HMSI with Andhra Pradesh Transport Department started a pre-Learner License Registration training for all learner licence applicants of Vijayawada and are happy to have completed 2 years of this collaboration successfully. Moving forward, we will continue to instill more discipline among the learner license applicants and make them responsible road users in future.”

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