Metro Mass Retrains Drivers

mmtThe National Drivers’ Academy (NDA) has be gun a nationwide re-training of all Metro Mass Transit Limited (MMTL) bus drivers.

The NDA is the body responsible and mandated by law to provide refresher courses for all drivers in the country, with the support of the Ministry of Transport, the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) and the Government Technical Training Centre (GTTC).

Over 1,000 drivers nationwide are expected to receive retraining under the NDA programme which started on September 2 and is scheduled to end in the second week of November.

At the commencement of the programme, Mr Noble John Appiah, the new Managing Director of MMTL, said the company’s drivers and conductors were expected to work as a team to redress the poor image the public have had about them.

He said “this unique training initiative signifies a new beginning for all MMTL drivers, to contribute towards the reduction in road fatalities and damage to the company’s fleet of buses.”

Explaining the course content to the media, the Executive Director of NDA, Mr. Etse Ladzekpo, said the “MMTL and other commercial transport operators should be encouraged to take driver refresher courses to enhance their professional conduct and improve their customer relations.

That, he said, would stem the incessant and needless deaths and injuries on the country’s roads”.
Mr Etse Ladzekpo, who is also the Lead Trainer, referred to the theme of the training programme, “Drive with your mind, not just with your hands and feet,” and said all participants would be taken through four modules: Driving Skills and Risks, Hazard Perception, Vehicle, Passenger Security and Customer Care, and Road Traffic Regulations 2012, LI 2180.

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