Automotive Tyre Manufacturers’ Association (ATMA) recently held tyre safety training for Commercial Drivers linked to Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL). The tyre safety drive at IOCL comes in the wake of similar exercises held at different campuses of Honda Cars, Infosys, ISRPL and Pipapav Port etc in recent times. The Rs 60000 crore Tyre Industry represented by ATMA has sharpened focus on Tyre Safety as a part of overall Road safety exercise of MoRTH, Government of India.

Over 250 commercial drivers and helpers (cleaners) linked to IOCL supply chain participated in the training programme at the Tikri Kalan (Delhi) terminal of Indian Oil and benefitted from the interactive session with experts.

During the training the trainees were trained on several aspects including tyre and its structure, tyre markings and steps to maintain tyres in the interest of safety and prolonging tyre life.

According to ATMA, tyres care and maintenance doesn’t get the importance that it deserves amongst the drivers. Tyres are an important safety component in a vehicle since a tyre carries the entire weight of the vehicle and is the only part that meets the road.

The session was held by ATMA in association with its technical partner Indian Tyre Technical Advisory Committee (ITTAC).

“Especially in a commercial vehicle, tyres account for significant amount of cost of ownership. Vehicles getting stranded due to worn out or poorly maintained tyres retard the competitiveness of transport sector. It is therefore very important to sensitize commercial drivers on Tyre Care & Safety. We compliment Indian Oil for coming forward and getting actively involved in training of its supply chain drivers”, said Mr V K Misra, Chairman ITTAC

“We would wish that drivers take proactive measures to maintain their tyres so that down time could be minimised. Such training sessions held in an intimate setting also provide an opportunity to the drivers to clarify their doubts”, said Mr Rajiv Budhraja, Director General ATMA.

Specially designed training modules were prepared in vernacular languages for ease of training to CV drivers. Booklets on tyre care in vernacular languages were also distributed on the occasion.

As a responsible citizen, tyre industry has been creating awareness on Tyre Care & Safety through several campaigns. ATMA members which have been participating in Tyre Safety campaigns include Apollo Tyres, Birla Tyres, Bridgestone India, CEAT, Continental India, Goodyear India, JK Tyre & Industries, Michelin, MRF, TVS Tyres and Yokohama.