Telematics solutions provider Microlise has signed up as a corporate member of Transaid, becoming the first telematics specialist to lend its support to the international transport development charity.
The announcement was made at today’s Microlise Transport Conference, held at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, before an audience of 1,000 senior industry executives. Microlise used the event to give Transaid CEO Gary Forster an opportunity to address the delegates, at what is the largest road transport conference ever held in the UK.
Delegates heard how Microlise will use its telematics and transport management expertise to support Transaid projects, with its staff also participating in key fundraising activities.
Addressing the conference, Forster said: “Having Microlise on board is an exciting development for Transaid. Our corporate members play a major role in supporting our projects, and we now have telematics expertise within our mix for the first time.
“Even in the developing world, telematics can play a vital role in helping organisations to monitor the location and status of their transport assets, which has huge benefits in terms of security and safety. We’re looking forward to working with Microlise over the coming years and putting their expertise to best use.”
Nadeem Raza, CEO of Microlise, said: “Transaid is a great organisation that carries out essential work within the developing world. Everyone at Microlise is excited about the role we can play and looking forward to getting firmly involved over the coming months.”
Commenting on the importance of Transaid’s work, he added: “A lack of transport infrastructure and road safety can have a huge impact on people and is often taken for granted in countries where multiple transport options are readily available. The need for safe fleet operations is vitally important in the developing world, to keep both drivers and other road users safe.”
For more information or to find out how you can support Transaid, please visit www.transaid.org.
Transaid (www.transaid.org) is an international development agency that aims to improve people’s quality of life in the developing world by making transport more available and affordable. It was founded by Save the Children and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK) and works by sharing skills and knowledge with local people to enable them to put in place and manage efficient transport systems.
Transaid’s core work includes creating transport management systems for the public sector and assisting with the provision of professional driving qualification development and the training of driver trainers. It also assists with teaching preventive vehicle maintenance management and introducing local, low cost transport solutions including its innovative bicycle ambulance. Transaid also helps promote road safety awareness and shares its specialist knowledge with the humanitarian aid sector.
Transaid enjoys strong backing from the transport and logistics industry and the active involvement of its patron, HRH The Princess Royal.
Microlise solutions, underpinned by market leading technology, enable its customers to reduce operating costs and environmental impact by maximising the efficiency of their fleets. Microlise has empowered its customers to save over £172m in fuel costs and reduce CO2 emissions by over 333,000 metric tonnes – equivalent to the output of 135,000 family cars – per year. For more information, please visit www.microlise.com or follow on Twitter – @microlise.
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