DVLA launches standardised document for heavy goods vehicle drivers

 The Driver and Vehicle Licencing Authority (DVLA), on Wednesday launched a stan­dardised instruc­tor’s drivers training manual and curriculum for drivers of Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV), to enhance their competency and promote road safety.

The manual and training curricu­lum was developed and implement­ed by TRANSAID, an international development organisation that transforms lives through safe, avail­able, and sustainable transport, in partnership with the Government of Ghana and the DVLA.

The document spells out the aims, outcomes, and minimum entry requirements for trainees, curriculum duration, teaching methods, trainee evaluation, assessment criteria, certification, as well as modules of the training programme for drivers of HGV.

The Chief Executive of the DVLA, Mr Kwasi Agyeman Busia, who unveiled the HGV driving instructors, said the manual and training curriculum was important to addressing challenges heavy goods vehicle drivers faced on the roads.

He explained that the document was not only a collection of guide­lines, but represented the collective efforts, research and dedication from experts across various fields, to empower drivers and safeguard roads.

“This manual is not the end of a journey. It is rather the beginning of a foundation upon which we will continue to build and improve. The impact may well best be real­ised when standards are applicable to Economic Committee of West African States (ECOWAS) and the sub region at large,” Mr Busia said.

He noted that the DVLA had made some achievements, includ­ing the expansion of its operations across the country and intro­duction of an electronic vehicle registration system, and urged stakeholders in the transport sector to remain dedicated to safety, effi­ciency and sustainability.

The Minister of Transport, Mr Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, called on policy makers and stakeholders in the transport sector to provide drivers with tools, knowledge, and skills required for growth as their roles had evolved over the years due to rapid advancement in tech­nology and autonomous vehicles.

Mr Asiamah, who was repre­sented by the Deputy Minister of Transport, said the ministry, was committed to improving access to high-quality training for commer­cial drivers, to equip them with the needed skills and expertise for excellent service delivery.

He also urged stakeholders in the transport sector to involve vehicle owners in road safety campaigns, to enhance adherence to road safety regulations.

Present at the launch were members of the DVLA, Char­tered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CITL) Ghana, repre­sentatives from TRANSAID, Af­rican Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and other agencies.

The HGV driver training stan­dard project is a three-year project that began in February 2021, and launched by the international development organisation, with support from the Puma Energy Foundation.

Expected to end next month, the project was developed follow­ing an assessment of commercial HGV drivers in the country by TRANSAID, which found out that many commercial operators in the transport sector relied on their own internal training stan­dards and recruited drivers outside the country.


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