Vivo Energy, the company that distributes and markets Shell branded fuels and lubricants in 16 African countries, held a Road Safety training for Boda Boda cyclists in the districts of Lira, Busia, Mbale, Mukono, Wakiso, Entebbe, Masaka, Mbarara, Kabale and Kasese.
According to the Uganda Police, over 50 percent of road accidents are caused due to the use of commercial motorcycles commonly referred to as Boda Bodas, with the highest numbers registered in urban centres like Kampala.
The training aims at increasing road safety awareness and commitment among Boda Boda cyclists, and to help change their attitude and behaviour on the road, thereby indoctrinating a road safety culture among them.
The training program across the regions has seen over 1000 Boda Boda cyclists receive training on road safety practices and measures that will help keep them, their passengers and other road users safe on the road.
Speaking during the training inMukono, Cerinah Zalwango, Corporate Communications Manager, Vivo Energy Uganda, implored the Boda Boda cyclists to uphold safe practices and measures while using the road to ensure their own safety and that of their passengers. She encouraged them to utilize safety gear like helmets, reflector jackets that help protect them from the dangers they face on the road daily.
The Boda Boda Association chairman Mukono District, thanked Vivo Energy Uganda for their effort and contribution towards providing Boda Boda riders with training on practices and measures that will help keep them safe on the road.
"We operate our businesses solely on the road and constantly encounter dangerous situations that put our lives and those of our customers at risk, making it critical for us to be aware of issues related to road safety." He said.
The Road Safety Education Program which was launched on the 13th March 2014, as part of the company’s corporate social investment program has since trained a total of 1,200 school children from 12 schools in Kampala and will train a total of 1,200 Boda Boda operators, on proper road safety behavior.
It is also aimed at reaching at least five million people with road safety messages on radio and is being implemented in partnership with the Safe Kids Uganda, Uganda Police, Integrated Transport Systems, and the media.
At Vivo Energy Uganda, we consider the unique needs of our motorcycle customers and are committed to initiating, establishing and supporting projects and programmes that meet their needs and recently commissioned customised service Points at selected Shell Service Stations – Shell Boda Spots that will offer motorcyclists exclusive services and adequate attention with a special lubricant - Shell Advance, the new lubricating oil designed by Shell specifically for servicing Motorbikes.
About Vivo Energy Uganda
Vivo Energy Uganda, the company that distributes and markets Shell-branded fuels and lubricants, was established in February 2013. The Shell brand has been in Uganda for over 60 years. Vivo Energy Uganda has a storage capacity of 18,297 m³ and 116 service stations with a majority offering of Shell Cards and convenience retail stores. Vivo Energy Uganda employs 120 permanent employees but the business provides indirect employment to over 3,000 people. The company is recognised as the leader in the oil industry especially championing and setting standards for safety in sales and distribution.
Vivo Energy operates in Retail; Commercial Fuels (Marine, Mining and Aviation in partnership with Vitol Aviation); Liquefied Petroleum Gas and Lubricants in Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Mauritius, Madagascar, Morocco, Mozambique, Mali, Namibia, Senegal, Tunisia and Uganda.
The company employs around 2,250 people and operates 1,450 retail stations under the Shell brand and has access to approximately 900,000 cubic meters of fuel storage capacity. Shell and Vivo Lubricants will have blending capacity of around 170,000 metric tons at plants in seven countries (Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Morocco, Tunisia and Senegal) producing Shell branded lubricants and employ around 150 people.
Vivo Energy Uganda : Communications Manager
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