Further championing the cause of road safety, Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) in collaboration with Roots Group of Companies, announced the launch of the ‘Safety Model School’ at Satchidananda Jothi Nikethan International School at Mettupalayam, Coimbatore. As a part of this programme, TKM along with Roots Group of Companies have built a one-of-its-kind Traffic Park at the school aiming to educate school children on the importance of traffic rules and responsible road safety habits. This well-rounded program on road safety is a part of ‘Team Toyota Activity’ (TTA) and is designed to develop school children as “Road Safety Ambassadors”.
The inauguration of the traffic park was graced by Chief Guest, Mr. S.P. Velumani, Minister for Municipal Administration, Rural development and Implementation of Special Programme, Government of Tamil Nadu, along with Guests of Honor, Mr. Sumit Sharan, Commissioner of Police, Coimbatore, and Mr. R. Thiagarajan, Regional Transport Officer, Mettupalayam, Mr. K. Ramasamy, Chairman & Managing Director, Roots Group of Companies, Mr. Masakazu Yoshimura, Managing Director, Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd., and Mr. Naveen Soni, Vice President, Toyota Kirloskar Motor. Dr. Kavidasan, Director, Roots, and Secretary, Satchidananda Jothi Nikethan, Dr. S. Chandrasekar, Corporate Director, Roots, Executives of Roots, TKM, Government officials, Principal, Teachers Students of Satchidanand Jothi Nikethan, Teachers and Students from the schools of Coimbatore were also present at the inauguration ceremony.
This is the first ‘Safety Model School’ initiated by TKM and Roots Group of Companies in the State of Tamil Nadu, and seventh in India. With an intent to outspread road safety message to a larger audience and proliferate its impact, to the schools in the region, by engaging the students from Class 5th to Class 9th. Roots Group of Companies, one of Toyota’s integral partners has joined hands with them to drive their mission of road safety in this region. Both TKM and Roots Group of Companies will work towards improving road safety environment by imparting the best knowledge to school children and educating them on good road sense.
Commenting on its association with Toyota Kirloskar Motor, Mr. K. Ramasamy said: “As per the government data, almost 1.5 lakh people lost their lives in road accidents in 2017, which means every hour 17 people died on the road due to an accident. This is an alarming situation and all the OEMs need to work together to put a brake on the critical issue of road accidents. Over the years, we have worked closely with the local government and traffic authorities through “UYIR” a trust formed by a group of like-minded corporates with a mission of making Coimbatore an Accident Free Society, the to drive the message of road safety in Coimbatore. It is our privilege to partner with Toyota Kirloskar Motor in the dedicated efforts to make Indian roads more safer. We are confident that the Safety Model School will be able to educate the young school children on the importance of road safety habits, encouraging them to be road safety ambassadors.”
Addressing the gathering at the inaugural event, Mr. Masakazu Yoshimura said: “At Toyota, we firmly believe in the philosophy of ‘Safety First’. Our focus and priority is not only to manufacture safe cars, but to strive towards enriching quality of life in India and provide a safe ecosystem for all. Increasing numbers of road safety death impact the prosperity of the nation. Through this “Safety Model School” initiative, our goal is to sensitize and mentor school children on various road safety problems and responsible safety habits. We are proud to partner with Roots Group of Companies in this mission to champion the cause of road safety amongst school children”.
He further added: “The recent amendments made to the Motor Vehicles Bill by the Government will provide an impetus to our mission, forcing road travelers to follow traffic rules leading to safer road environment in the country.”
Toyota Kirloskar Motor has been working on improving road safety conditions since 2005. This Safety Model School has been successfully implemented in Kolkata, Kochi, Delhi, Varanasi, Hisar and Rewari, with a promising impact on behavioral changes amongst school children. Following an integrated safety approach, TKM addresses the critical issues of road safety by adopting a three-dimensional concept focusing on Manufacturing Safe Cars, Developing Safe Drivers & Building Safer Environment, thereby building a safer community for tomorrow.
Team Toyota Activity is implemented by Toyota in partnership with business partners to create safety minds in the society. This is one step forward to develop the road simulation infrastructure at select schools and give practical training to children towards building right road users. The focus is to inculcate the right attitude by creating a “safety model school” to further expand its reach outside the school premises through strong road safety sense. Children are the main influencers. They play a key role in transforming the society we live in. Thus, this intervention focuses towards developing school children to be responsible road users thereby spreading the safety culture from school to society at large. This program also ensures wider road safety awareness and behavioral change of the school bus drivers through various levels of interactions.
Safety Programmes by TKM
Toyota Safety Education Programme (TSEP): TKM pioneers in implementing the road safety program and having launched in 2007, this year marks the 12th anniversary of the Toyota Safety Education Programme (TSEP) implementation. Till date, TSEP has covered more than 740,000 across India bringing about a positive change in the behavior as road users. Additionally, Toyota is working with various stakeholders including – school, business partners and police to take this initiative to a larger audience.
Toyota Driving School: Further, to reiterate company’s vision of “Safest Car with Safest Driver”, Toyota Driving School was launched in 2015 with an objective to train students to be responsible and safe drivers. With Toyota Driving Schools across India, TKM aims to bring down the rising number of road accidents caused majorly due to human error. The training module integrates technical expertise along with enhancing behavioral skills to create awareness about safety nationwide. Toyota Driving School has till date enrolled more than 8,500 students – and by 2020 the company plans to launch 50 such schools across India, voicing their traffic safety commitment louder.