More than 240 Pikitup drivers complete defensive driving course

More than 240 Pikitup drivers complete defensive driving course

Pikitup in action. Image: Twitter/@BDliveSA

The course was offered free to Pikitup emloyees through a partnership agreement between Pikitup and the Road Accident Fund (RAF).

The City of Johannesburg on Wednesday announced that 242 Pikitup truck drivers have successfully completed a defensive driving course.

The defensive course which was offered free to Pikitup emloyees was made possible through a partnership agreement between Pikitup and the Road Accident Fund (RAF).

“The objective of this training is to empower Pikitup drivers to prevent and avoid accidents in the congested streets of the City of Johannesburg,” City of Johannesburg MMC for Environment and Infrastructure Services (EISD) Nico de Jager said.

“Pikitup drivers also acquired the following skills like driving in a manner that uses safe driving strategies to identify road hazards in a predictable manner; anticipating potential accident situations and making informed decisions to avoid accidents; overcoming negative psychological factors such as unneeded stress, fatigue, emotional distress and road rage; and instructions for developing a positive attitude behind the wheel and increasing their focus on the driving task.”

Cost implications for the three sessions of training, according to city, was R150,000 – which is what was paid by the RAF.

“The 242 Pikitup drivers who completed the training are additional to the 1,100 public drivers that have already received the defensive driving training offered by RAF. RAF is offering the training as part of its pro-active strategy to enable drivers to avoid road accidents, ultimately delivery a quality and timely service to our residents,” De Jager added.

African News Agency (ANA)

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