Hon­ing truck driver skills to make roads safer and help grow the econ­omy


Business Day - Motor News - - COMMERCIAL NEWS - Motor News Re­porter

The South African govern­ment de­clared October as Na­tional Transport Month in 2005 to raise aware­ness on the cru­cial role of transport in the econ­omy.

The an­nual ini­tia­tive is also used to en­cour­age par­tic­i­pa­tion from civil society and busi­ness to pro­mote a safe and more af­ford­able, ac­ces­si­ble and re­li­able transport sys­tem.

In sup­port of the ob­jec­tives of this year’s Transport Month, Mercedes-Benz Trucks has heeded the govern­ment’s call and is of­fer­ing com­pli­men­tary driver training to 200 Mercedes-Benz truck driv­ers.

The training, ac­cord­ing to the com­pany, can be booked im­me­di­ately and runs un­til the end of the year.

The se­lected driv­ers’ skills will be honed by the com­pany’s fleet arm, FleetBoard Pro­fes­sional Driver Training, which pro­vides tai­lor-made, high qual­ity training pro­grammes that con­trib­ute to the driv­ers’ de­vel­op­ment. By pro­duc­ing safer driv­ers through training, Mercedes-Benz Trucks and FleetBoard will be play­ing a piv­otal role in the re­duc­tion of car­nage.

Im­proved road safety has other in­her­ent ben­e­fits and Mercedes-Benz Trucks re­alises the im­por­tance its role plays in these. Busi­nesses and con­sumers are at an ad­van­tage when goods can be trans­ported faster and more ef­fi­ciently on our roads and in­creased mo­bil­ity in turn pos­i­tively af­fects the econ­omy and this im­pacts SA’s so­cial de­vel­op­ment.

“As the lead­ing truck man­u­fac­turer in SA, it is im­per­a­tive for us as Mercedes-Benz Trucks to en­sure that our transport sys­tem is in­creas­ingly safer.

“FleetBoard Pro­fes­sional Driver Training yields highlycompetent driv­ers that have been trained, tested and trusted,” says Jasper Hafkamp, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for Daim­ler Trucks & Buses SA.

“Be­sides pos­i­tively con­tribut­ing to the growth of SA’s econ­omy, safety is also of paramount im­por­tance to us and we have been a leader in this re­gard for decades as well.

“Life-saving safety fea­tures on our ve­hi­cles such as Tel­li­gent Lane As­sist, Tel­li­gent Sta­bil­ity Con­trol, Tel­li­gent Dis­tance Con­trol, Ac­tive Brake As­sist and Driver Airbag are just some of the ways that we have ac­tively con­trib­uted to pre­vent­ing road ac­ci­dents,” says Hafkamp.


Mercedes-Benz Trucks poised to train 200 com­mer­cial vehicle driv­ers as part of October’s Na­tional Transport Month.

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