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Transaid seeks artic for Uganda training

[ August 22, 2017   //   ]

International development organisation Transaid has launched an appeal to find a second-hand tractor unit and trailer to support its new driver training project in Uganda.

Transaid urgently requires an artic combination to train hundreds of new commercial vehicle drivers in the Mukono district, east of Kampala, where Transaid has embarked on a major new training initiative.

Neil Rettie, Transaid’s Road Safety Project Manager, says: “Uganda is a right-hand drive market, so ex-UK trucks are commonplace here.

“We are ideally seeking a 6×2 or 6×4 tractor unit with a large high-roof sleeper cab, sufficient to comfortably accommodate an instructor and three students. We’re quite used to removing sleeper bunks to facilitate additional seating inside the cab – the key thing is ensuring it’s got sufficient leg room to make a conversion possible, plus ideally a flat floor or minimal intrusion from an engine tunnel.”

Transaid preferably requires a tractor unit which is no more than five years old, and ideally with a manual gearbox and standard flat-glass mirrors. Tractors with minimal electronics and ancillary equipment are preferred, as are vehicles which don’t require AdBlue. Low ride-height tractors are unsuitable, due to rough road conditions.

For the trailer, Transaid is ideally seeking a tri-axle box van, tanker, flat bed or skeletal (supplied with an empty shipping container), and no more than 10 years old.

The donated assets are expected to remain in service for many years, and can be supplied with special livery to reflect the supplying company’s generous donation.

Contact: Jade Ashby on 020 7387 8136, or by email to