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Helping to improve road safety in India

The number of vehicles has increased four times over the past two decades in India, with more than 200 million vehicles on the road today
Driver training in India

Our Castrol engine oils and lubricants at 150,000 outlets across the country help keep cars, trucks and motorcycles moving.


With the rapid growth in road transportation there has also been a rise in road accidents, which are now the leading cause of death among 15-29 year olds. We support India’s aim of halving deaths in road accidents by 2022, and our social investment programmes include road safety awareness courses for schoolchildren and young adults and training for truck drivers.


Accidents are killing more people in India than terrorism or natural disasters and yet we never talk about them.
Nitin Gadkari,minister for road transport and highways


Raising awareness among schoolchildren

With non-governmental organization Synergie, we created a road safety course for primary, secondary and high school children. The course, which was developed with input from Delhi traffic police, road safety specialists and school teachers, involves eight modules tailored for each age group and provides student workbooks, as well as teacher guides, infographics and videos. It aims to both build awareness and change road safety behaviour among school children.


We piloted the course in 10 schools in Mumbai and New Delhi in 2018. Modules cover areas such as understanding traffic signs and signals and identifying safe places to cross roads. They also include safety while cycling or travelling in cars, on scooters or public transport. More senior pupils learn how to be responsible road users and how to respond in the event of an accident.


We plan to review the outcomes of these pilots in 2019 and incorporate the courses across schools in India.


Training truck drivers

Truck drivers are often away from their families, driving for hours in difficult conditions – to deliver goods safely and on time. 


Many of India’s truck drivers also lack formal training and may have limited opportunities to acquire additional skills. To help address this, we launched a programme for the holistic development of truck drivers that includes training on road safety and financial literacy, as well as eye checks and supplying glasses. We’ve trained more than 50,000 truck drivers since the launch in January 2017. We plan to reach 150,000 truck drivers by 2020. 


Practicing yoga, building awareness of HIV/AIDS and the harmful effects of smoking also form part of the offering for the trucking communities. Transporters, trucking associations and regulators are engaged to help ensure the sustainable improvement of the programme.