10 driving training schools with an estimated cost of Rs. 140 crores are proposed to be set up during the 11th Five year plan under a new comprehensive scheme of the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways. So far, sanction has been accorded by the Ministry for setting up of 6 such institutes in states namely Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Haryana. One more Institute of driving training and research for Tamil Nadu has also been approved. The Ministry is also in process of sanctioning 3 more institutes in the current financial year.
Since 78% of fatalities occur due to drivers fault as per 2009 report, the Ministry has decided to give a lot of thrust on driving training. With this in mind 100% financial assistance is being given by the Ministry of States/UTs for setting up of model institutes of driving training and research, to produce good drivers/trainers as well as impart refresher training to the drivers.
During the 10th Five Year plan, 13 driving training schools had been sanctioned in 13 states namely West Bengal, Assam, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, NCT of Delhi, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Orissa, Nagaland, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana. Out of 13 driving training schools, 5 schools in Andhra Pradesh, NCT of Delhi, Karnataka, Uttrakhand and Nagaland have become operational. The remaining schools are at advanced stage of completion. During 11th Five Year Plan this scheme was dropped by the Planning Commission. Another comprehensive Scheme has been put in place with the approval of competent authority.