LIBERIA: NASAPAL launches Motorcycle Safety Training Program

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In other to promote safety for motorcyclists, the National Safety Partnership of Liberia (NASAPAL INC) in collaboration with the Liberia Motorcycle Safety Training School has launched a training program for motorcyclists with the aim to reduce the number of motorcycle accidents in the country.

The training is intended to give motorcyclists the needed education and special training skills to minimize the accident rate in the country.

Speaking on Friday, May 19, 2024 at the Mulbah Kezelle Conference Room in Paynesville, outside Monrovia, the Executive Director Charles B. Coffey Jr. disclosed that research has revealed that between 75 to 90% of road users in Liberia have limited knowledge of their responsibility as road users because they are self-taught.

The T. Mulbah Kezellee Conference Room was delegated in the honor of veteran Journalist Mulbah Kezellee who from the unset dedicated his work to road safety and his many work done in the country.

“Therefore, our vision is to collaborate with the Government of Liberia(GoL) in disseminating and sensitizing road users on the vehicle, motorcycle and traffic/road policies of Liberia to establish a national training program and provide technical assistance for certification and licensing in Liberia,” he said.

According to the Executive Director, the training program is designed to prepare motorcyclists for street riding and develop basic riding skills to become some safe and responsible motorcyclists.

The instructors are highly trained professionals who will promote learning with classroom instruction and hand on practice to allow cyclists learn in a safe environment.

Mr. Coffey explained that the Rider Program for motorcycle safety is important because research has proven that motorcyclists are much more likely to die in event of accident then regular motorist.

“Research has revealed that when there is an accident involving a motorcycle, about 80% of the time there are serious injuries of fatalities.”

The ED, however, encouraged all motorcyclist to embrace and take advantage of this training program so as to avoid continuous accidents

“When you take a motorcycle safety course, you will learn that as a rider you have the responsibility to be aware of your surroundings and to exercise safe riding practices at all times because motorcycle rider safety courses help to lower the rate of motorcycle accidents,’’ he asserted.

The training is expected to run for several weeks based on the course categories, six hours per weeks with a minimum amount for the training at an affordable price.

Courses being offered are Novice Rider Course (NRC 101), Commercial Rider Course (CRC 102), the Leisure Rider Course (LRC 103), and the VIP Rider Course (VIP RC 104).

Requirement for those wishing to be part of the Liberia Motorcycle Safety Training School should obtain a motorcycle learning permit through the Liberia National Police and the Ministry of Transport and must be of legal age in accordance with the vehicle and traffic laws of Liberia.

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