MVA FUND EQUIPS MOTOR CLUBS WITH FIRST RESPONDER AWARENESS TRAINING AND ROAD SAFETY ACTIVATIONS
The Fund’s drive to support initiatives in enhancing driver skills resulted in First Responder Awareness training for VW R Namibia Club, Amarok Club Namibia and Eenghoshi Bikers Club.
The training, which validates the concept of road safety as a shared responsibility, took place on 04 and 05 November 2020 to enhance countrywide emergency response capacity through citizenry, more-so during the upcoming festive season.
Furthermore, the Fund collaborated with Amarok Club and Private Sector Road Safety Forum (PSRSF) from 05 to 08 November 2020 to host activations along the B2 route from Windhoek to Swakopmund. The focus was mainly to educate drivers on tyre-safety with special emphasis on tyre pressure and tyre tread depth. Seventy-five (75) drivers were engaged on their fitness to drive while their vehicles were checked for tyre fitness.
“An important observation made during the inspections is that a disturbing trend was detected among most of the vehicles in terms of tyre safety. Some of the tyres were not properly inflated while others were worn-out beyond the legal tread depth. Tyre condition always poses a challenge for travels and will do so especially during the upcoming festive season. The team, therefore, educated drivers to be more attentive to critical components which might comprise safety”, said Sidney Boois, Senior Manager Accident and Injury Prevention at MVA Fund.
The intervention with Amarok Club Namibia also provided the Fund and PSRSF the opportunity to re-enforce the concept of road user self-policing as well as gauge conversation on road safety regulations and guidelines. Participants were presented with first aid kits and the road safety blueprint.