The pilot phase of the Safe Travel to School Programme came to an end officially on the 30th of July 2015 at a grand affair held at the River Club in Observatory. It was at this event where we awarded the safest driver for the year a brand new Nissan Impendulo mini-bus to the safest driver for the period, Mr Linda Mpani.

The event also marked the start of the programme expansion. An evaluation report was presented by the Violence, Peace and Injury research unit of the MRC. The report, which compared the driving behaviour of the Programme drivers to those of general Discovery Insure drivers, concluded that the programme interventions had a definite positive impact. Since then the team has been hard at work following up learner transport drivers in new areas in the greater Cape Town area.

We aim to have at least 300 drivers on board by the end of 2016, and are already taking new drivers some of initial processes of recruitment such as the roadworthy and device fitting sessions. Expansion into Johannesburg is also underway, with the selection of an implementing partner having already in place. A further development is implementing a small pilot process with 20 drivers, exploring the effect of using smart phones to track drivers’ driving behaviour.