Mr. Justice Amegashie, Chief Executive Officer of Transport Services Consult, has urged drivers to take their work seriously because “they are the drivers of the national economy”.
He noted that the important role that drivers play in transporting goods, and persons to facilitate economic activities could not be overemphasised.
Mr. Amegashie made the call when he presented certificates to 1,600 drivers from the Upper East Region, who completed refresher training on road safety, defensive driving and customer care.
The training was a collaboration between the Upper East regional branch of the Ghana Private Road Private Transport Union (GPRTU) of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET) and the Skills Development Fund under the Ghana Skills and Technical Development Project (GSTDP).
The programme aimed at upgrading the skills of the drivers, to reduce the alarming rate of road accidents in the country.
Mr. Amegashie expressed worry that between January and April 2016, a total of 500 people have lost their lives through lorry accidents.
Mr. Amegashie, a former Chief Executive of the Driver Vehicle and Licensing Authority, attributed some road accidents to driver error because some of them were suffering from colour blindness.
Mr. Godfred A. Abalbire, Regional Chairman of the GPRTU was emphatic that the training had impacted positively on the confidence of the drivers.
Consequently the region was likely to register a massive reduction of road accidents in the region by the end of December this year
From A.A. Mbord, Bolgatanga