Road Safety Management Services train tow truck drivers
The Road Safety Management Services Limited, a Ghanaian-owned company with the mandate of handling road accidents on major roads in the country – have overseen to the graduation of the first batch of drivers in a ceremony held at the premises of the Motor Traffic and Traffic Unit of the Ghana Police Service.
Fifty drivers went through a three week training course in ‘Safe Driving and Towing Techniques’ which was organized by the Road Safety Management Services in collaboration with Guandong Yuehai Motor Vehicle Ltd from China, under the auspices of the National Road Commission and the MTTU.
The first batch of drivers have been very well trained to operate the highly sophisticated tow trucks that were acquired from China worth $272,000 each and the trained drivers have also acquired enough knowledge to train other yet-to-be-trained drivers of the tow trucks.
The short ceremony was attended by officials from the National Road Safety Commission, MTTU and Road Safety Management Services Ltd respectively, where certificates where presented to the trained drivers.
In his remarks, the General Manager of Road Safety Management Services, Air Commodore Dery said that the tow trucks were acquired to manage the many abandoned vehicles on the roads in the prevention of road accidents. He said that, the advanced-technology trucks needed drivers with the technical and professional expertise to handle them and he was overly-confident that the graduating drivers would be able to operate the trucks effectively and efficiently.
He also said that the trained drivers will quickly be put to work by transporting newly-acquired tow trucks allocated for all the regions in the country as well as use the operation of the trucks to support the Police Service in towing abandoned vehicles during the Easter season to avert the loss of lives and properties through accidents.
Air Commodore Dery told the certified drivers to take professional care of the trucks to ensure their longevity on the roads.
Mr. Noble Appiah, the Executive Director of the National Road Commission, commended RSMSL for investing in the training of the drivers and congratulated the drivers for completing the training. He entreated the drivers to be committed in their duties, so that, the whole country can benefit by virtue of our roads remaining safe, devoid of accidents and loss of lives.
On his part, the Commanding Officer of MTTU, ASP Awuni, bemoaned the many road accidents caused by abandoned vehicles on the roads with no warning signs. He expressed his delight with the Road Safety Management Services for the initiative. He advised the drivers not to use the driving of the tow trucks for their parochial interests, charging them to be custodians of the very expensive trucks.
Road Safety Management Services Ltd specializes in road safety management through the utilization of modern road traffic regulation equipments and methods in ensuring that the roads are safe, comfortable and accident-free.
The company has acquired state-of the-art tow trucks as well as ambulances for the effective management of the roads. The tow trucks will be used in towing abandoned vehicles on the roads, whereas the ambulances will provide immediate medical attention to accident victims.
The road safety management initiative is expected to employ as many as six thousand people to occupy various fields in the road safety drive.