The UPS Foundation has announced an initial grant of more than $40,000 to the Emirates Foundation for the education of new drivers on safe driving techniques through its UPS Road Code safe driving programme.
With the UAE Ministry of Interior recently announcing that it has successfully reduced the number of road incidents by 37% since 2008, the emirates is now the seventh country worldwide to benefit from this programme.
UPS and Emirates Foundation volunteers, trained by UPS experts, will teach participants the same methods used by UPS drivers, which are among the safest drivers in the world.
Jean-Francois Condamine, President of the Indian Subcontinent, Middle East, and Africa (ISMEA) region for UPS said: “UPS is proud to collaborate with the Emirates Foundation to bring the UPS Road Code Program to the UAE.
“Improving road safety should be a priority for all of us and this partnership allows us to reach our target demographic, including beginner drivers.
“As a transportation and logistics company, the safety of our employees and the community we live and work in are of the utmost importance to UPS.”
During this first session, students from Zayed University in Abu Dhabi will learn various safety techniques on driving simulators.
The programme aims to train approximately 400 future or new drivers by the end of 2017 and will be developed in Dubai and the Northern Emirates with additional simulators in 2018.
Clare Woodcraft-Scott, CEO of the Emirates Foundation said: “Through our partnership with UPS we will employ our expertise and youth network to identify those between the ages of 17-25 and train them on the right skills and knowledge to improve driving habits as well as educate them about their safety on the road and that of others.”
UPS Road Code training is offered at 112 sites in the United States, Canada, China, the United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico and now in UAE.
More than 25,000 teens have graduated from the safe driving programme so far.