Judiciary trains drivers on vehicle maintenance & road safety


By Victoria Saffa

The Sierra Leone Judiciary, with support from the Sierra Leone Road Transport Authority (SLRTA), has concluded a two-day training workshop for over 27 of its drivers including those in the provinces, on ‘preventive and general vehicle maintenance and road safety’.

The training was held last week at the SLRTA complex and the Judicial and Legal Training Institute respectively. It attracted senior members of the judiciary including the Consultant Master and Registrar, Julia Sarkodie-Mensah, as well as officials of the SLRTA.

The training exposed participants to skills on preventive and general vehicle maintenance, traffic regulations, road safety and driving ethics. A whole day was dedicated to practical work with participants given tasks to find out faults in vehicles’ engines.

Addressing participants during the training, the Executive Director of SLRTA, Dr. Sarah Bendu, admonished them on the importance of road safety and respect for other road users. She displayed to participants videos of incidents of dangerous driving and driving without due care and attention.

In her statement, the Consultant Master and Registrar, Mrs.
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Julia Sarkodie-Mensah, spoke on the judicial code of conduct and urged the participants to abide by it at all times.

She also stressed the importance of a proper dress code and grooming, reechoing what the SLRTA boss had earlier said that the vehicle is the driver’s office which must be kept clean and smelling sweet at all times.

At the close of the workshop, the drivers were presented with certificates and new uniforms.

The participants appreciated the training for which they gave the SLRTA Executive Director and the Consultant Master and Registrar a standing ovation.