TRANSAID ANNOUNCES RETURN OF LONDON TO PARIS CYCLE CHALLENGE FOR SILVER JUBILEE YEAR

International development organisation Transaid is making an early start on the celebrations for its silver jubilee next year, with the launch of a London to Paris cycle challenge. Riders from across the transport and logistics industry are invited to saddle up next Autumn, as Transaid prepares for a team to cycle 187 miles over three…


RECORD FOURTH DRIVER TRAINING INPUT COMPLETED BY JON ASPDEN

Jon Aspden, Head of Driver Training at Clipper Logistics, now part of GXO, has completed his fourth overseas secondment for international development organisation Transaid, spending two weeks working with professional driver trainers on Transaid’s road safety project in Ghana. His trip follows earlier inputs in Tanzania and Zambia, in 2009, 2012 and 2020, and saw…


TRANSAID ROAD SAFETY PROJECT IN UGANDA LAYS ON ROYAL WELCOME

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Patron of international development organisation Transaid, earlier today (28 October) visited the Safe Way Right Way Driver Training Centre in Uganda to see the second phase of Transaid’s Professional Driver Training programme in the country underway. Her visit provided an opportunity to meet with both Transaid and Safe Way…


CYCLE CHALLENGE DOUBLE-HEADER RAISES £230,000 FOR TRANSAID

A team of 40 riders drawn from the transport and logistics industry have completed a 505km cycle challenge across southern Malawi in soaring temperatures, pedalling through the spectacular Liwonde National Park to raise more than £205,000 towards Transaid’s projects in sub-Saharan Africa. The remarkable sum of money adds to the £25,000 raised by the 16…


TRANSAID EXCEEDS 50,000 PROFESSIONAL DRIVERS TRAINED IN AFRICA

Transaid used its annual showcase event in London yesterday (28 September) to celebrate two major road safety milestones met during 2022, whilst also highlighting the significant challenges facing its professional driver training projects in sub-Saharan Africa. Speaking before an audience of around 100 corporate members and supporters, Road Safety Project Manager Neil Rettie announced that…


SCOTTISH TRANSPORT INDUSTRY SETS FUNDRAISING RECORD FOR TRANSAID

Transport and logistics companies from across Scotland came together last week for the inaugural Scottish Transaid Dinner, held on 15 September in memory of the late Jayne Gray of Stirling-based H & R Gray Haulage. The evening raised an incredible £105,110.50 and marked the largest sum of money ever collected for Transaid on a single…


GXO GRADUATE SWAPS KENT FOR KAMPALA

Tessa Wilson, a Graduate Management Trainee at GXO UK and Ireland, has commenced a six-month secondment as a Project Officer for the second phase of Transaid’s Professional Driver Training Uganda project, helping the country to respond to the huge rise in demand for HGV and PSV drivers. The appointment sees Tessa swap her previous placement…


TRANSAID PUTS THE FOCUS ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT GENDER EQUALITY

Transaid has completed a major three-year project helping to broaden the understanding of the challenges faced by young women and girls as users of public transport in less accessible parts of three major African cities. It also looked at the steps which could be taken to help improve their opportunities for work in what is…


TRANSAID LAUNCHES SAFETY-FOCUSED DRIVER TRAINING PROJECT IN MOZAMBIQUE

Transaid is preparing to support refresher training for at least 400 heavy goods vehicle drivers within small and medium-size enterprises (SME) in Mozambique, just a few months after securing a contract to extend its professional driver training work into yet another sub-Saharan country. It follows a period of intense work by the Transaid team within…


JOAN AITKEN APPOINTED CHAIR OF TRANSAID

Transaid has announced the appointment of former Traffic Commissioner for Scotland, Joan Aitken OBE FCILT, as Chair of its board of trustees. Joan has been a long-time supporter of the international development organisation and has taken part in two Transaid fundraising cycle challenges, visited projects in Uganda and Zambia, and been a trustee since March…


XPEDIATOR RENEWS TRANSAID CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP

Xpediator plc, a fast-growing international freight management group, has renewed its corporate membership of Transaid for a further three years, having originally signed a three-year commitment in 2019. The business, which brings a wealth of expertise in freight forwarding, logistics, warehousing and transport support services, says its support for the international development organisation is a…


TRANSAID CHAMPIONS ROLES FOR FEMALE HGV AND PSV DRIVERS IN UGANDA

Transaid has launched a new initiative to increase the number of female HGV and PSV drivers on the road, commencing with reviewing the approach taken by the Professional Driver Training – Uganda (PDTU) project, to ensure training is fully gender inclusive. Uganda is experiencing a huge rise in demand for professional drivers which is expected…


TRANSAID LAUNCHES HADRIAN’S CYCLEWAY CHALLENGE

International development organisation Transaid is calling on cyclists from across the transport and logistics industry to saddle up for Hadrian’s Cycleway this Autumn, as it prepares for a team of up to 40 riders to tackle the 157-mile route across a stunning World Heritage Site. The group will depart Whitehaven on 16 September and pedal…


TRANSAID PROJECT IN MADAGASCAR LEAVES LASTING LEGACY

More than 100,000 emergency transfers were made to rural health facilities over a five-year period in Madagascar, according to data compiled from one of Transaid’s longest-running access to healthcare initiatives, focused on maternal and child health. Publication of the figures follows the conclusion of a USAID-funded project, known locally as MAHEFA Miaraka, led by JSI…


CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF LOGISTICS AND TRANSPORT GHANA TO SUPPORT NEW TRANSAID DRIVER TRAINING PROJECT

International development organisation Transaid has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Ghana, aimed at promoting mutual cooperation in the area of road safety. The agreement follows less than a year after Transaid began developing a professional driver training programme in the country’s capital, Accra; its first…


TRANSAID RELEASES ADDITIONAL PLACES FOR CYCLE MALAWI 2022

Transaid has released nine places on its highly sought-after Cycle Malawi 2022 challenge, which will take place from 1 – 9 October, and is inviting riders from across the transport and logistics industry to register their interest quickly, to avoid disappointment. Those signing up will join a group of 36 cyclists already confirmed for the…


TRANSAID TO SUPPORT NEW COVID-19 PROJECT FOR HGV DRIVERS IN UGANDA

Transaid has commenced a major project to provide access to fast, quality COVID-19 screening for truck drivers at border crossings in Uganda. The initiative aims to help reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19 and lessen the economic burden on transport companies by offering rapid antigen testing for drivers – a move which it is…


PROFESSIONAL DRIVER TRAINING PROGRAMME TO LAUNCH IN MOZAMBIQUE

Transaid used the occasion of its annual showcase in London this week to announce the further expansion of its professional driver training programme into Mozambique – less than a year after securing the funding to launch a similar project in Ghana. Chief Executive Caroline Barber shared the news with a group of around 100 corporate…


TRANSAID RIDERS BACK IN THE SADDLE, RAISING MORE THAN £29,000

A team of more than 30 riders from across the transport and logistics industry have completed the 170-mile ‘Way of the Roses’ challenge, cycling from Morecambe, Lancashire to Bridlington in the East Riding of Yorkshire, to raise money for the international development organisation. The epic coast-to-coast route was completed over two days on Friday 24…


TWO NEW TRUSTEES JOIN TRANSAID BOARD

International development organisation Transaid has welcomed two new trustees to its board, bringing significant experience and its first member from Uganda – a country where Transaid has operated long term road safety and access to health care programmes. Dr Olive Kobusingye, a Senior Research Fellow at Makerere University School of Public Health, and Gavin Williams,…


FIA FOUNDATION SELECTS TRANSAID TO STEER MOTORCYCLE HELMET SAFETY INITIATIVE IN KENYA

A Kenyan national motorcycle helmet coalition is to be established and supported by Transaid, using its extensive experience in motorcycle and motorised three-wheeler safety. Transaid has been chosen to develop a national network of key stakeholders to improve safety and reduce injury and fatalities by independent global road safety philanthropy the FIA Foundation and the…


INDUSTRY TEAMS UP TO DELIVER DRIVER TRAINING SIMULATOR TO ZAMBIA

Four big names from the transport and logistics sector have come together to supply an HGV driver training simulator for the Industrial Training Centre (ITC) in Zambia, which Transaid has partnered with since 2008 to help meet the country’s growing demand for professional driver training. The donation followed a visit to ITC in 2018 by representatives…


TRANSAID’S UGANDAN PROFESSIONAL DRIVER TRAINING PROJECT ‘EQUIPPED 100 PER CENT OF DRIVERS WITH JOB-READY SKILLS’

An independent assessment of international development organisation Transaid’s Professional Driver Training Programme in Uganda has found that 100 per cent of trainees felt the knowledge and experience acquired during the training equipped them with the necessary skills needed to enter the job market. Of 194 drivers surveyed for the end of project evaluation report, conducted…


MENZIES DISTRIBUTION GROUP JOINS TRANSAID IN DRIVE TO IMPROVE GLOBAL ROAD SAFETY

Menzies Distribution Group (Menzies) has become the latest supporter to sign up as a corporate member of Transaid, the international development organisation committed to improving global road safety standards. The company has pledged its support for an initial three-year period, just months after it acquired Bibby Distribution (now Menzies Distribution Solutions) – one of Transaid’s…


COAST TO COAST: TRANSAID LAUNCHES WAY OF THE ROSES 2021 UK CYCLE ADVENTURE

Transaid has launched its much-awaited 2021 UK Cycle Challenge, laying down the gauntlet to transport and logistics industry professionals to dust off their lycra, polish their saddles and gear up for the epic coast-to-coast fundraising event, which takes place from 24-26 September 2021. The 170-mile ‘Way of the Roses’ challenge – the international development organisation’s…


TRANSAID TO EXPAND ITS SUCCESSFUL PROFESSIONAL DRIVER TRAINING PROGRAMME TO GHANA

International development organisation Transaid has secured funding from Puma Energy Foundation for a major new professional driver training programme in Ghana – taking its successful road safety work to West Africa for the first time. The three-and-a-half-year project will raise training standards and expand training capacity for heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers, with the aim…


TRANSAID TO HELP PROTECT PROFESSIONAL DRIVERS IN ZAMBIA FROM COVID-19

Transaid has secured vital seed funding for a new six-month project to help protect health supply chain and mobile workers in Zambia from the increased risk of exposure to COVID-19. Professional drivers in particular have been battling deteriorating working conditions, potentially increased road safety risks and lack of access to information and training to support…


CONSORTIUM TO INVESTIGATE ILLEGAL TRAFFICKING ON HIGH VOLUME TRANSPORT ROUTES IN EAST AFRICA

Transaid is to play a significant role in a new Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO*) funded research programme to investigate human trafficking along key trade corridors in East Africa, with a focus on the role that transporters play in facilitating illegal trafficking and how this harmful practice can be interrupted. The research is being…