Mercedes pitches in

MBSA to pro­vide com­pli­men­tary truck driver train­ing as part of Trans­port Month

The Witness - Wheels - - TRANSPORT - — Wheels Re­porter.

SOUTH Africa’s Depart­ment of Trans­port will once again em­bark on its an­nual Trans­port Month cam­paign, start­ing on Oc­to­ber 1.

The ini­tia­tive is used to raise aware­ness of the im­por­tance of trans­port to the lo­cal econ­omy, in­clud­ing the pro­vi­sion of a safe and more af­ford­able, ac­ces­si­ble and re­li­able trans­port sys­tem in the coun­try and also en­cour­age par­tic­i­pa­tion from civil so­ci­ety and busi­ness.

In ad­di­tion, Oc­to­ber is also used to show­case the progress achieved in var­i­ous trans­port pro­grammes and projects.

To sup­port the ob­jec­tives of Trans­port Month, Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) will be pro­vid­ing com­pli­men­tary truck driver train­ing for clients of its Daim­ler Trucks and Buses and brands from other orig­i­nal equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers.

“South Africa’s road death toll is ranked as one of the high­est in the world, and un­for­tu­nately, com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles are part of the prob­lem. As MBSA, rep­re­sented by all our brands — which in­clude Mercedes-Benz Trucks, Buses and Vans; Fuso Trucks; Freight­liner Trucks and West­ern Star — we are play­ing a crit­i­cal part by of­fer­ing com­pli­men­tary driver train­ing,” said Row­lands Peters, the head of FleetBoard South Africa, a di­vi­sion of Daim­ler Trucks & Buses, MBSA, which is un­der­tak­ing the cam­paign.

“As FleetBoard, our motto is: ‘Trained. Tested. Trusted.’ And that is ex­actly the cal­i­bre of driv­ers we aim to pro­duce by of­fer­ing com­pli­men­tary driver train­ing. A well-trained, tested and trusted driver is a safer one and that has a di­rect and pos­i­tive im­pact on road safety. As we em­bark on this mis­sion, one of the most im­por­tant tools we have is FleetBoard, which is Daim­ler’s driver and ve­hi­cle telem­at­ics man­age­ment sys­tem. This means that we’ve been able gather a great amount of data on trends in the lo­cal truck­ing sec­tor and this al­lows us to train driv­ers to be amongst the best and safest in the world,” added Peters.

To book for MBSA’s com­pli­men­tary driver train­ing, con­tact Me­gen­thran Naidoo by send­ing an e-mail to me­gen­thran.naidoo@daim­ler.com or by call­ing 012 677 1744. Terms and con­di­tions ap­ply.

PHOTO: QUICKPIC

Mercedes-Benz is of­fer­ing com­pli­men­tary truck driver train­ing for any brand dur­ing Oc­to­ber.

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