Under the Transaid banner, new diagnostics technology donated by Pullman Fleet Services in the UK is being sent to Zambia to help maintain commercial vehicle standards and improve road safety in the country. Pullman is the largest independent provider of commercial vehicle maintenance and fleet management in the UK.
Transaid is an international development agency that aims to improve people’s quality of life in the developing world by making transport more available and affordable. It was founded by Save The Children and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK) and works by sharing skills and knowledge with local people to enable them to put in place and manage efficient transport systems.
The device being donated is valued at more than R53 200 and is being accompanied by two Pullman colleagues who will work with Zambia’s Industrial Training Centre (ITC) staff to train them in repairs, maintenance and vehicle diagnostics.
The initiative is part of Transaid’s plan to ensure the ITC fleet of training vehicles, which includes MAN and ERF tractor units, two rigid trucks and a Volvo bus, remains in excellent condition.
Graham Hunter, Pullman’s managing director, says: “We hope the new multi marque diagnostics device will make a significant difference to how the ITC maintains its fleet of training vehicles. We’re thrilled to be able to provide this technology, which will advance the capabilities of the centre.”
Pullman service manager Tony Deus and workshop controller Tony Dobbins are training ITC staff on repairs, maintenance and also plan to cover vehicle diagnostics. Associated diagnostics software has also been donated by Eclipse Automotive, Pullman’s diagnostics supplier, meaning the ITC doesn’t have to worry about any licence renewals or updates.
An Eclipse Automotive spokesman said the company was thrilled to be given the opportunity to partner Transaid in delivering advanced vehicle roadworthiness and maintenance training and making a difference to road safety in a developing country is a rewarding venture.
“In addition, delivering diagnostics training for the Eclipse multi marque system to colleagues at the ITC for future use in modernising aspects of their repair and maintenance practices really feels like a job well done.’’
Caroline Barber, Transaid’s Acting chief executive, adds: “In order for Transaid to keep improving road safety in Africa, it is vital that we can call on the support of companies such as Pullman Fleet Services. We are grateful to Pullman for donating their time and skills to develop the expertise of staff at the ITC, which will help improve road safety in Zambia.”