Thirty professional drivers to be engaged on the Aayalolo buses currently operating on the Amasaman-Achimota-Tudu corridor in Accra have been taken through a three-week special training exercise.
They received theoretical and practical lessons on driving, including the psychology of driving, first aid, fire fighting, defensive driving, passenger communication and eating habits.
They were also taken through rigorous demonstration of driving, including manoeuvring, reversing, sitting positions while driving, showing signals, bus stop parking and rolling and retarding for the task ahead.
The training supervisor, Mr Kwasi Nyanteh, explained that the training formed part of a collaboration between the National Drivers Academy (NDA), the Government Technical Training Centre (GTTC), the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), the Ministry of Transport (MoT) and Scania, a major Swedish manufacturer of commercial vehicles.
He said he was optimistic that the collaboration would go a long way to change the face of driving in the country.
As part of the collaborative effort, 600 bus drivers will be trained to manage the Adenta-Tudu and the Kasoa-Tudu corridors which are yet to be established.
“This is the fifth batch of drivers we are training and we believe that they are going out with much knowledge. We believe that by the end of the entire training programme, the face of driving will be changed in the country,” he said.
Some of the drivers told the Daily Graphic that they were fully prepared for the task.
One of them, Mr Abdulai Sulley, said the training did not only give them techniques in driving but also taught them how to communicate with passengers at all times.