Road Safety

Click here to view an infographic on our impact on road safety in sub-Saharan Africa between 2021-22.

In sub-Saharan Africa, road deaths are the third biggest killer following HIV/AIDS and Malaria (Source: The World Bank) and the problem will only rise with the growing population. Drivers are at risk every time they sit behind the wheel due to a lack of legal enforcement and training, as well as badly maintained and overloaded vehicles.

What we do

  • We support drivers, governments, and training institutions to improve road safety.
  • We transform driver training. We work with partners and governments to train driver trainers. Our driver training programmes make drivers more competent, vehicles safer, and reduce death and injury on the road.
  • We transform standards and systems. We work with governments and other organisations to create and promote far-reaching improvements in driving standards, including curriculum development. We also work on transport management systems, joining with partners to increase efficiency, reduce costs, and improve the management and maintenance of fleets of vehicles.

Our Impact

  • In 2008, we partnered with the Industrial Training Centre (ITC) in Zambia, which has proven to be an invaluable resource for improving driving standards and road safety.
  • From April 2021 to March 2022 alone, the ITC in Zambia trained 1,556 drivers, including HGV, PSV and forklift truck drivers.
  • In 2010, Transaid partnered with the National Institute of Transport (NIT) in Tanzania, where drivers have received HGV, PSV and CPC training. On numerous occasions training has been delivered by a professional volunteer working on behalf of Transaid. View a short video here on our impact in Tanzania.
  • From April 2021 to March 2022, the NIT in Tanzania trained 3,277 drivers, including HGV, PSV and forklift truck drivers.
  • The Professional Driver Training – Uganda (PDTU) project saw an increase of 96% in the number of trainees in 2020/21 versus 2019/20, and between July and November 2020, a COVID-19 response was integrated into this programme.
  • Phase Two of the Professional Driver Training – Uganda (PDTU2) project saw 392 people trained between April 2021 to March 2022 at Transaid’s partner school Safe Way Right Way. An increase of 77% on the previous twelve months.

View a short video below on our impact in sub-Saharan Africa from April 2021 – March 2022: