Friday 21st Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Bibby and Transaid offer Kenyan drivers a lift

Bibby Distribution’s driver development manager, Brian Riddle and regional driver trainer, Dave Smith, have both spent two weeks training health service drivers in Kenya.

Riddle and Smith spent three days training and one day assessing ambulance drivers. By the end of the two weeks, they had taught 23 drivers how to teach and assess other drivers.

The pair conducted some classroom training, but focused on practical instruction, with sample lessons and assessments.

Smith said: “Our assessing route took us through the town centre and I witnessed five accidents in two hours. Camels in the road and potholes big enough to swallow the front of a car are just a couple of the hazards that we had to deal with.”

Chris Saunders, Transaid chief executive officer, said: “Transaid’s contribution is vital to the delivery of the country’s national health strategy as, although the Danish government has committed to funding new vehicles to deliver essential medical services, it has insisted that appropriate management systems and operating standards are put in place before they are supplied.”