Toyota donates driving instructor cars, driver training equipment to gov’t-run driving schools

 A Toyoda Carolla driving instructor car is test driven at a ceremony at which Toyota Motor Asia Pacific Pte Ltd donated 10 of the vehicles as well as driver safety materials and equipment to the government. Photo: Aye Min Soe
A Toyoda Carolla driving instructor car is test driven at a ceremony at which Toyota Motor Asia Pacific Pte Ltd donated 10 of the vehicles as well as driver safety materials and equipment to the government. Photo: Aye Min Soe

Nay Pyi Taw, 26 Nov—Toyota Motor Asia Pacific Pte Ltd (TMAP) donated 10 driving instructor cars as well as educational materials and equipment for driver training to four government-run driving schools on Wednesday.
During the ceremony held in Nay Pyi Taw, Mr Hisayuki Inoue, president of TMAP and senior managing officer of Toyota Motor Corporation, presented a golden key to U Chan Maung, deputy minister for rail transportation, marking the handing over of the 10 new Corolla sedans to the government.
The cars, which are specially equipped with sub-brakes and sub-mirrors for instructors, are the first-ever driving instructor vehicles in Myanmar. Of the 10, four will be go to a driving school operated by the Road Transport Department, four to a driving test unit for issuing driving licenses of the Directorate of Road Transport Management under the Ministry of Rail Transportation and two to a driving school operated by the Traffic Police Force of the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Thanks to the vehicles, which are specially designed for safe driver training, and the teaching aid equipment on driving the ministry received, driver training provided by government-run schools would be improved, said Deputy Minister U Chan Maung.
However, since the number of specially-designed driving instructor cars is still not proportional to the number of training schools in the country, the training schools seem to face a situation that they should fulfill their needs by themselves, he added.
A car swap program that was launched in Myanmar in 2012 has led to a surge in the number of people who are behind the wheel.
Meanwhile, the number of private driving schools has also nearly doubled from 28 in 2012 to around 50 in 2014.
The government is currently operating 15 driving schools and two motorcycle training schools.
Though the Road Transport is not responsible for opening driving schools, it has to operate three driving schools currently as “extra duty” to cope with the increasing number of vehicles and to reduce the number of traffic accidents, the deputy minister said.
“We hope our donation presented today will contribute to enriching this country’s automotive society,” said Mr Inoue.
Each driving instructor vehicle costs around US$18,000, said U Myo Myint Thein, general manager of TTAS Co Ltd, which has been providing services to Toyota vehicles in Myanmar since 1996.— GNLM

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