A few weeks ago, I wrote about the UK having some of the safest roads in the world. However, in other parts of the world it can be a different picture. Road accidents are the third-biggest cause of deaths in sub-Saharan Africa.
However, a UK-based industry charity is at the forefront of helping to tackle this. At Transaid’s recent annual showcase Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal, thanked the transport and logistics industry for creating a sustainable model for road safety across the region.
The event was focused around the launch of a new Professional Driver Training project in Uganda, the charity’s largest road safety initiative to-date. Ruth Nsubuga from Transaid’s Ugandan partner, Safe Way Right Way, spoke about the ambitious plans for the project, that has already trained 10 driver trainers.
The showcase also provided an opportunity to congratulate the team of 58 cyclists who took part in the 240-mile London to Paris cycle ride in September, raising more than £100,000 for Transaid. Next September I will be part of a team riding across Zambia to raise even more funds for the charity.