PROJECT UPDATE: Empowering road freight transport operators to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic

Since we introduced this project to you on 3rd June, we have been working at border crossings and rest stops to sensitise truck drivers and ensure they are equipped to deal with the challenges of COVID-19. This webinar, first broadcast on Tuesday 6th October 2020, shares what we have found from speaking to truck drivers from all over East Africa.

Featuring updates from Transaid’s Project Manager, Jason Finch; Safe Way Right Way’s Programmes Coordinator, Susan Tumuhairwe; and from our project partners the Amalgamated Transport and General Workers Union and the Uganda Professional Drivers Network.

Watch the webinar here.

Click below to download the webinar slides.

 

 

PDTU COVID-19 response: radio jingles

Since 2016, Transaid’s Professional Driver Training – Uganda (PDTU)  project has been working to improve the capacity of heavy goods vehicle (HGV) and passenger service vehicle (PSV) drivers in Uganda. The COVID-19 pandemic, first recorded in Uganda in March 2020, has added a number of new challenges for professional truck drivers at a time when the need to maintain vital supplies of foods, medicines and other essential assistance is increasingly falling to road transporters.

Despite the risk of exposure, truck drivers have continued to work through unpredictable and deteriorating working conditions, whilst facing increased scrutiny and stigma particularly as many of the new cases of COVID-19 being reported in Uganda are from long distance drivers being tested at the borders.

In response, Transaid and Safe Way Right Way have partnered with transporter unions in Uganda to produce truck driver-specific COVID-19 information and key road safety messaging. Due to the nature of their work, truck drivers are often away from home for several weeks at a time and work irregular hours, so in addition to printed factsheets and face to face sensitisation, three radio jingles were produced to increase the reach and coverage of our messaging.

All three jingles were recorded in Uganda and are available in English, Luganda and Swahili.

Building Resilience and Advocating Change: How bicycle programmes are reshaping their activities to respond to COVID-19 – Webinar Slides

On 25th August 2020, Transaid hosted a webinar featuring representatives from MAMaZ Against Malaria At Scale (Zambia), First African Bicycle Information Organisation (Uganda), Bikes for the World (USA) and Village Bicycle Project (Sierra Leone).

The panel shared insights and key learnings from experiences of adjusting to the COVID-19 pandemic and how these response activities have helped with mobility and access to healthcare, spread of information and livelihoods. The webinar concluded with a Q&A session hosted by Transaid’s Project Manager, Jason Finch.

Watch the webinar recording at this link.

Download the webinar slides by clicking below.

Empowering road freight transport operators to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic – Transaid webinar slides

Transaid and Safe Way Right Way co-hosted a webinar linked to the work of the Professional Driver Training – Uganda programme, which highlighted the COVID-19 response being integrated to support the preparedness of truck drivers to address some of the challenges they are experiencing, discussed measures to support the Ministry of Health’s response, and shared plans to provide ongoing support to truck drivers to continue their work safely.

Speakers: Sam Clark – Transaid, Peter Tibigambwa – Safe Way Right Way, Jason Finch – Transaid.

Watch the webinar here.

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UGPDT COVID-19 Truck Driver Sensitisation

Since 2016, Transaid’s Professional Driver Training – Uganda project (PDTU) has been working to improve the capacity of heavy goods vehicle (HGV) and passenger service vehicle (PSV) drivers in Uganda. The COVID-19 pandemic, first recorded in Uganda in March 2020, has added a number of new challenges for professional truck drivers at a time when the need to maintain vital supplies of foods, medicines and other essential assistance is increasingly falling to road transporters.

Despite the risk of exposure, truck drivers have continued to work through unpredictable and deteriorating working conditions, whilst facing increased scrutiny and stigma particularly as many of the new cases of COVID-19 being reported in Uganda are from long distance drivers being tested at the borders.

In response, Transaid and Safe Way Right Way have partnered with transporter unions in Uganda to produce truck driver-specific COVID-19 information and key road safety messaging, which will be delivered along with a package of essential personal protective equipment (PPE) as part of a wider sensitisation campaign.

Click below to view the Truck Driver COVID-19 Sensitisation Poster in English, Luganda, Swahili and French.

UGPDT COVID-19 Truck Driver Cab Cleaning Guide

Since 2016, Transaid’s Professional Driver Training – Uganda project (PDTU) has been working to improve the capacity of heavy goods vehicle (HGV) and passenger service vehicle (PSV) drivers in Uganda. The COVID-19 pandemic, first recorded in Uganda in March 2020, has added a number of new challenges for professional truck drivers at a time when the need to maintain vital supplies of foods, medicines and other essential assistance is increasingly falling to road transporters.

Despite the risk of exposure, truck drivers have continued to work through unpredictable and deteriorating working conditions, whilst facing increased scrutiny and stigma particularly as many of the new cases of COVID-19 being reported in Uganda are from long distance drivers being tested at the borders.

In response, Transaid and Safe Way Right Way have partnered with transporter unions in Uganda to produce truck driver-specific COVID-19 information and key road safety messaging, which will be delivered along with a package of essential personal protective equipment (PPE) as part of a wider sensitisation campaign.

Click below to view the Truck Driver COVID-19 Cab Cleaning Guide in English, Luganda, Swahili and French.

Surveys for the ReCAP project: Enhancing understanding on safe motorcycle and three-wheeler use for rural transport and the implications for appropriate training and regulatory frameworks.

This tool can be used to better understand the benefits and disbenefits of motorcycles taxis and three-wheelers in rural areas in sub-Saharan Africa.  The tool has five parts which target different groups including motorcycle and three-wheeler riders, passengers, taxi owners and owners of freight, as well as members of the community who do not use these modes of transport. This tool was designed to gather data to inform research on two- and three-wheeler taxi use and training, to influence the development of policy and legislation. The surveys are available in English and French.

This tool was initially designed for and used during the project ‘Enhancing understanding on safe motorcycle and three-wheeler use for rural transport and the implications for appropriate training and regulatory frameworks’ in DRC, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda between December 2017 and August 2019. The project was funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID) as part of the Research for Community Access Partnership (ReCAP), and was carried out by a consortium which included Transaid, Amend and TRL.

Enhancing Understanding on Safe Motorcycle and Three-Wheeler Use for Rural Transport. Final Country Report: Uganda

This Uganda Country Report presents the Uganda-specific findings of the project ‘Enhancing understanding on safe motorcycle and three-wheeler use for rural transport and the implications for appropriate training and regulatory frameworks’.

This project was carried out in Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda between September 2017 and January 2019. The study has revealed that motorcycle taxis are very important for rural travel, and are very popular among rural communities. As well as the many benefits that motorcycle taxis provide, riders and passengers also suffer from crashes, crime, abuse and health issues, and they create safety risks for other road users. The results of the study can be used by the Ugandan government and others to better understand the issues related to motorcycle taxis in rural areas and to develop policy and practice to maximise their benefits and minimise the disbenefits.

Click below to read the full report.

Enhancing understanding on safe motorcycle and three-wheeler use for rural transport – Final Report

Throughout 2018, a project entitled ‘Enhancing understanding on safe motorcycle and three-wheeler use for rural transport and the implications for appropriate training and regulatory frameworks’ has been carried out in Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The project was funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID) as part of the Research for Community Access Partnership (ReCAP), and was carried out by a consortium of Transaid, Amend and TRL.

The use of motorcycles has increased greatly in Africa in recent years and they are often used as taxis; with riders charging a fare to carry passengers or goods. In rural areas, motorcycle taxis play a crucial role in connecting people to services and farms to markets, and in many countries motorcycles are the most commonly found vehicle on rural roads.

Over 1,140 people in 32 settlements across the four countries took part in a survey looking at the benefits and disbenefits of motorcycle and three-wheeler taxis in rural areas. Riders, owners, passengers and other users, as well as people who do not use such vehicles, answered questions on topics including economics and finance, access and mobility, injuries, health issues, crime and personal security, access to services and protective equipment, and overall opinions.

The findings showed that motorcycle taxis are very important to rural communities: in many situations they are either the only existing, or the only affordable, mode of transport. In the survey locations, motorcycle taxis accounted for an average of 83% of all motorised trips, being used for business activities as well as personal transport. They are particularly important for emergency transport. For riders they are an important source of income.

As well as the many benefits of motorcycle taxis, the results of the survey also shed light on a number of disbenefits. Forty-one percent of riders reported that while riding a motorcycle taxi in a rural area they had suffered an injury that resulted in them either losing money or requiring medical attention, or affecting their family life. Incidents that caused injuries tended to be single vehicle crashes or falls that occurred when the rider was alone, and were caused by rider error. The vast majority of riders had never received training and had no driving licence. Some riders and passengers were worried about their personal security.  Riders also reported health issues that they attribute to riding a motorcycle, including respiratory problems, eye infection, stiffness and numbness.

But while motorcycle taxi riders and passengers face the risk of injury, personal security threats and health problems, this does not stop people from using motorcycle taxis – either as a means of earning money, or as a mode of transport.

Motorised three-wheeler taxis were also included in the study, but they were found to be very uncommon in the surveyed areas of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. In Ghana, motorised three-wheeler taxis were found to be used for both freight and passenger transport, although they are less common than motorcycle taxis.

The project has identified potential opportunities for improving road safety and personal safety, and for addressing health issues. These opportunities include effective training, licensing and enforcement of laws. Motorcycle taxi associations have the potential to play an important role in realising many of these opportunities.

Click below to read the full final report.

Technical Brief: Training of Rural Motorcycle and Three-Wheeler Taxi Riders in Sub-Saharan Africa

This technical brief is focused on the state of professional training available to motorcycle and three-wheeler taxi riders in sub-Saharan Africa. The foundations for this brief are laid upon the findings of the 2018 ReCAP-funded research on the use of motorcycle and three-wheeler taxis in Ghana, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Major findings highlight inconsistencies in the provision of professional training, its quality, availability and affordability.

Understanding how to improve the availability and quality of professional rider training, through the provision of standardised and quality assured curricula and training manuals is essential. These findings couldn’t have come at a better time, given the rise of motorcycle and three-wheeler taxis in rural contexts across sub-Saharan Africa and their increase use by rural people to access markets, health services and livelihoods, not to mention their income generating potential for riders.

To read this brief, please click below.

Instructional Ability Assessment form

This tool is used to assess the instructional ability of the candidate at the beginning and at the end of training.  This tool is currently being used for our Professional Driver Training- Uganda project (PDT-U) which is building the capacity of heavy goods vehicle (HGV) and passenger service vehicle (PSV) driver training in Uganda in cooperation with industry partners. This enhanced capacity will increase employment of Ugandan drivers in the transport sector and improve road safety. To read more on the PDTU project, please click here.

To download this tool, please click below.

Media Campaign for the Professional Driver Training – Uganda

This case study outlines the background, methodology and conclusions of a media campaign conducted by Transaid in Uganda, aimed at attracting new and existing drivers to undertake training, to raise local awareness of the project, to promote the project’s aims and objectives as well as promoting the driving schools that will be offering this new training opportunity. A special focus was also placed on encouraging the participation of women in the project and transport sector as a whole.