As part of efforts to reduce road accidents in the country, the Metro Mass Transit Limited (MMTL) has collaborated with the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service to train MMTL drivers.
The 10- day programme will afford participants, who were drawn from all the regions, the opportunity to acquire and share experience, knowledge, skills and solutions to enable them confront all road safety challenges effectively.
Speaking at the opening of the training, the Managing Director of MMTL, Mr Albert Adu Boahen said his outfit cherished the collaboration with the MTTD because it would serve as the driving force towards the “total achievement of our mission to offer affordable, comfortable, convenient, passenger-friendly, cost effective and safe transport service to the travelling public.”
He was of the conviction that the exhibition of safe and exemplary driving behaviour by MMTL drivers would pose a huge challenge to drivers in other transport organisations.
The MMTL, he stressed, would also institute an efficient monitoring and evaluation system to regularly assess the performance of its drivers and the impact of the collaborative inventions.
According to Mr Boahen, alertness, discipline and patience were distinctive characteristics of road safety, adding that it was therefore the collective responsibility of the public to prevent road carnage.
“The road is the path where we all connect to get to our various destinations, if we use the road rightly, we will ensure our own safety and the safety of others as well,” he added.
The Managing Director said his outfit would continue to establish and strengthen supportive partnership and broad cooperation among stakeholders in the transport industry.
A board member of MMTL, Mrs Angelina Mensah advised drivers to desist from drink driving, saying it was also one of the undeniable causes of road accidents.
She also expressed worry about the abuse of drugs among some drivers in their quest to remain awake to drive for long hours instead of resting when tired.
“Ghana needs you all alive, so make discipline your hallmark as you go about your duties. Do not drive when you are tired, be patient with your passengers so that MMTL will be a preferred choice for any traveller,” she advised.
In a speech read on his behalf, the Director of MTTD, Commissioner of Police (COP) Christian Tetteh Yohuno urged participants to attach seriousness to the training they were receiving.
He explained that the MTTD was ever ready to welcome any initiative that would help reduce road accidents in the country.
Describing the training programme as timely, COP Yohuno advised the public to be cautious on the roads as they go about their various duties during and after the Easter celebrations.
BY RAISSA SAMBOU