Donated heavy vehicles shipped to Zambia

Two heavy goods vehicles from the UK will help train hundreds of new and existing truck drivers in Zambia, having entered service at the Industrial Training Centre in Lusaka.

Both tractor units, a Scania 6×2 and a Mercedes Actros 6×2, were donated by UK-based logistics company, Fagan and Whalley, and Samworth Brothers Supply Chain, which provides temperature controlled distribution. The vehicles were fully serviced prior to being shipped more than 10,000 kilometres and have been fitted with the latest cameras and telematics systems, donated by Transaid corporate partners Brigade Electronics and Microlise.

Brigade Electronics installed two analogue high-definition side cameras, along with a seven-inch colour monitor in the driver’s cab. The cameras activate when the indicators are switched on and are designed to eliminate blind spots and improve a driver’s view of both sides of the vehicle.

“This is the fourth training vehicle we have donated, and we are proud to see it supporting such a great cause,” said Samworth Brothers Supply Chain Regional Fleet Manager, Ian Cooper. “Working with Transaid has been a very positive experience for us and I am looking forward to seeing how the additional in-cab technology will improve the student experience.”

Fagan & Whalley has previously donated a bicycle ambulance and participated in numerous Transaid events, including its annual cycle challenges. Samworth Brothers Supply Chain donated its first vehicle, an MAN TGX tractor unit in 2018, which has been used intensively for driver training in Uganda.

“Our partnership with Transaid has been very natural because our values are so well aligned,” said the Managing Director at Fagan & Whalley, Sam Fagan. “Working with them to extend our goal of having safer roads beyond the borders of the UK has meant a great deal to us.”

In other news, CMA CGM Group have announced the purchase of Bolloré Logistics.

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