What is the Professional Driver Training Uganda (PDTU) project?
• The Professional Driver Training Uganda (PDTU) project was launched in July 2017. It is an initiative aimed at building the capacity of Heavy Goods Vehicles and Passenger Service Vehicles;
• The project is implemented by GIZ E4D/SOGA – Employment and Skills for Eastern Africa, Safe Way Right Way and Transaid with support from industry partners, and in partnership with the Ugandan Government;
• It is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD).
What are the objectives of the project?
The PDTU project has three main objectives:
• To train Ugandan drivers in CM (medium trucks) and CH (heavy trucks) class licences under the East African Community standardised curriculum. In time DM and DH training will be added;
• To increase the number of skilled drivers for Heavy Goods Vehicles and Passenger Service Vehicles;
• To improve road safety in the country.
Who is the training targeting?
• The training aims to upgrade the skills of drivers wishing to drive Passenger Service Vehicles and Heavy Goods Vehicles.
What are the minimum qualifications required for drivers to be admitted for the training?
• A person who wishes to extend his or her driving permit to cover an additional group of motor vehicle shall meet the following requirements:
- For an extension from group B motor vehicles (cars) to group CM motor vehicles (medium trucks), the driver shall have held a driving permit for group B motor vehicles for a period of not less than three years, and shall be at least twenty five years of age;
- For an extension from group CM motor vehicles (medium trucks) to group CH motor vehicles (heavy trucks), the driver shall have held a driving permit for group CM motor vehicles for a period of not less than three years, and shall be at least thirty years of age.
What are the benefits of the training?
• The PDTU project is a strategic intervention aimed at responding to anticipated high and increasing demand for qualified commercial drivers in Uganda in coming years. It is envisaged that transport and logistics companies serving oil and gas infrastructure projects and other large scale investments will hire over 2000 new drivers. Benefits of the training will include:
- Increased skills
- Increased employability
- Opportunity for higher pay
- Job progression/promotion
Will drivers who hold East African Community permits be considered eligible?
• For licence acquisition, they would need to hold a valid Uganda licence. For just undergoing training then any licence valid for use in Uganda would be acceptable. However, the 50% discount for the first 100 drivers is reserved for Ugandan nationals.
Will it be possible to help the drivers process the next license?
The training is in itself a step in the process of driver licence extension. However, to actually obtain the licence, a successfully trained driver will have to go through the official and regular procedures as provided for in Uganda’s policies and regulation.
What are the costs involved?
• The training cost for individuals is UGX 990,000 for a four weeks training;
• The first one hundred eligible drivers to register will be given a 50% discount.
• Training for corporate clients is available on demand and can be tailored according to the clients’ needs. Costs may vary according to the required services, number of individuals trained, duration of training and provision of training vehicles and materials.
Where should the payments be done?
• All payments will be done in the bank. Please contact PDTU directly for bank details
Is it possible to do part payments?
• Yes – Payments can be made in instalments in advance and paid into the bank account. Once the total amount has been paid the driver is eligible to participate in the training
If a driver has all the classes of the license and has been driving trucks and just needs a certificate, will there be a reduced price?
• No, but the training will be suitable for someone with the license but with limited experience.
How long will the training last?
• The training for every batch of drivers that is registered will last for up to four weeks (Monday to Friday). This, however, could go on longer if a driver does not pass tests administered to the required standards. Extra costs for extended training will depend on additional time and requirements.
How can one join the programme?
• Contact 0702 745 745 or 0775 659 067 or email us on PDTU@safewayrightway.org