SMT trains customers on safety practices for Volvo trucks

Mr. Agbakpe facilitating the workshop

About 80 drivers from all Fan Milk depots across the country have taken part in a Volvo Truck refresher training course organised by SMT Ghana in collaboration with Fan Milk Ghana Ltd.

Fan Milk Ghana is a major customer for SMT Ghana truck sales business in the distribution industry, and in order to achieve safety standards and increased production the company, in collaboration with SMT Ghana, conducts Volvo Trucks Driver-refresher trainings every 2 years.

This year’s training workshop was held on the Aburi stretch of road – specifically chosen because of the hilly terrain in order to utilise the Volvo trucks’ functions to enhance driving skills.

They were schooled on: Defensive and Economy driving skills; Impact of driving behaviour on driving performance; Awareness of good health and fitness; Driver information display and Basic Information and Technical knowledge about the Volvo Truck. The Facilitator was Mr. Jasper Agbakpe, Training Manager-SMT Ghana, who is also a Certified Volvo trainer for SMT Group.

Speaking in an interview with the media, Mr. Jasper Agbakpe noted the regular training for its customer is a resolve by the Volvo Group and SMT Ghana to ensure customers who purchase their trucks appreciate the returns on their investment to patronise more of its products.

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“Fan Milk Ghana is a key customer for our Volvo trucks, and as technology advances so do functions of the trucks change. As such, the periodic training is meant to update the drivers to keep up with current trends on specifications of the truck.

“Management of Fan Milk is concerned about vehicle down-time, coupled with the country’s road accidents in general; hence, we are upbeat the biennial training will give drivers new skills to improve road safety, better fuel-efficiency and reduce cost of maintenance,” he said, touting that Fan Milk Management and Staff have a high commitment to ensure safety at work and in its operations – leading to the engagement with SMT Ghana to ensure their drivers are regularly trained on both the theory and practical aspects of how to stay safe on the roads.

Mr. Agbakpe added that to enhance vehicle availability during pre-training, SMT Ghana has Training Simulators which can improve the training skills of drivers before introducing them to real-life training.

Mrs. Hilda Peasah, Marketing Manager-SMT Ghana, reiterated that as the official distributor of Volvo Construction Equipment, Volvo Trucks and Volvo Penta in Ghana, SMT Ghana is also committed to investing in after-sales support such as the periodic training to ensure customers get value for their investments.

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She urged the industry to take advantage of SMT Ghana’s continuous training for customers nationwide, so that their machines will be in good condition for maximum gains.

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