Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) has commended the country’s key fuel importer, Petroleum Importers Limited (PIL) for training over 200 fuel tanker drivers on various aspects of safety.
PIL in conjunction with International Haulage Brokers (IHB) is carrying out awareness training sessions on safety for fuel tanker drivers across the country.
Speaking during the last training in Lilongwe MERA Director of Liquid Fuels and Gas Alinafe Mkavea said drivers are key players in the fuel importation hence the importance of safety training cannot be overemphasis.
“I urge the drivers to take these trainings very serious and ensure to use all techniques which foster prevention of accident. The availability of fuel in Malawi is by road hence drivers are key players in the fuel importation,” said Mkavea.
Mkavea also encouraged fuel tanker drivers to do the best of their ability to avoid accidents, product contamination and other issues which may bring challenges in fuel availability in Malawi.
PIL Quality Heath Safety Security &Environmental Manager Constance Msungeni described the 2018 training as success.
“The purpose of Safety training is to equip driver’s on how they can prevent accidents and how to take care of their lives as they drive the fuel tankers. We believe that once drivers are equipped with key technique on prevention of accident, knowledge of the product they lift and defensive driving techniques, we can appreciate accident reduction,” said
Mr. Msungeni urged drivers to follow the safety measures and to take care of their lives as they drive bringing products for the country.
In his remarks, IHB General Manager Chrispin Mussa underscored the importance of equipping drivers on how to prevent accidents on the road.
The first safety training was conducted in Blantyre and over 100 drivers attended, second was Mzuzu over 50 attended and the last training was done in Lilongwe which over 50 drivers attended.
PIL is a private company tasked with the fuel importation in the country and has been importing bulk fuel since 1999.