This report presents key findings and recommendations from a recent intervention where Transaid partnered with the Directorate of Road Traffic and Safety Services (DRTSS), to develop the capacity of HGV and PSV driver trainers in Malawi.
Transaid’s Professional Driver Training Programme builds the capacity of driver trainers to deliver training to internationally recognised standards and in so doing, to reduce the number of road fatalities and injuries. Road crashes are fast becoming the leading cause of death for people in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Malawi Professional Driver Training Programme was carried out with the support of several professional volunteers from the transport and logistics sector in the UK. Silvio Sorrentino Rodriguez (seconded from National Express) coordinated the in-country programme which included technical training inputs supported by Hoyer, DHL, National Express and the Road Haulage Association. In addition to training, a review of processes including licensing, driver training, and donor support for road safety was carried out with a view to identifying next steps to achieving the objectives as set out in Malawi’s National Road Safety Strategy 2015-2020.