The Government Technical Training Centre (GTTC) in collaboration with the National Drivers Academy (NDA) has organized simulator based training for 73 recruited female drivers for the Ayalolo buses.
The initiative, also in partnership with Safe Drive Innovations and SCANIA Bus Rapid Transit was to equip the drivers through modern technology to ensure safety on roads. This would promote safe driving and reduce the number of road carnages in the country.
Mr Constant Tsedzah, the Acting Principal, Government Technical Training Centre and National Drivers Academy, stated during a facility visit in Accra to inspect the simulator device and training of the drivers, said statistics had shown that female drivers were more conscious on roads than males hence the project to reduce road accidents.
He said fuel efficiency, fire-fighting, vehicle knowledge, how to handle various categories of vehicles, accident scenes, defensive driving and hardware training were some of the areas the training would cover. Mr Tsedzah said the training they were embarking on conforms to the road traffic regulations act, which seeks to promote safety and ensure that crisis and road accidents did not occur especially as the country drew closer to the festive season.
Mr David Oppong-Kusi, the Chairman Safe Drive Innovations, said safe driving was prink to find evolution in driver training and the simulator would ensure safety even in rains, during bad weather, among others.
Mrs May Obiri-Yeboah, the Executive Director National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) called for a model by the Ministry of Transport, to train drivers and upgrade their skills. She said the driving industry was a profession on its own and needed to be upgraded in terms of skills and being knowledgeable in road safety.
Mrs Obiri-Yeboah therefore encouraged the trainees to put out their best and ensure the safety of their passengers so that within the next two to three years they could change the transportation system in the country.