TMS Director Steve Proctor and Pete Smith recently had the opportunity to undertake a week long training course in the Southern African state of Namibia. The opportunity arose following a visit to the UK in 2011 by Ambrosius Tierspoor, from the Namibian National Road Safety Council (NRSC).
The course covered the following aspects of road safety: the scale of the problem; road safety management and safe systems (Namibia is a signatory to the Global Decade of Action on Road Safety and has a strategic plan), collection, recording and analysis requirements for collision data, collision causation, road safety collision reduction techniques – including statistical and cost- benefit analyses, road safety audits, enforcement issues, and techniques to tackle occupational road risk, drink/driving, child collisions and speeding issues.
Delegates undertook site visits to a new retail development to undertake a road safety audit of the highway infrastructure, and to a high risk collision site as part of a group study to define collision problems and make costed recommendations for improvement.
Whilst in Namibia, Peter Smith was invited to give a paper at the National Logistics and Transport Workshop. The paper was entitled “Road Safety in the Supply Chain”, and Pete focused on linkages between road safety management and the benefits for business logistics and supply chain efficiency, the growing importance of adopting strong road safety policies in the workplace and within commercial activities, and how a commitment to road safety can bring wider societal benefits.
Summing up the trip Pete said:
“This was a great opportunity, not only to visit a wonderful country with friendly people, but to share our road safety knowledge with such an enthusiastic group of delegates. I am confident that they will follow up many of the concepts we discussed with effective action to help make Namibian roads safer”
Steve added: “We couldn’t have been made to feel more welcome. The delegates on the course have a real commitment to make their roads safer for all road users, and it was a privilege to play a small part in that.”
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