A picture of a DART Stop sign in Gadong. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

Dart Logistics (Dart) is partnering with Megamas Training Company (Megamas) to provide Defensive Driving (DD1) training to drivers of the ride-hailing company.

An agreement was signed yesterday between Dart and the HSE solutions provider at Dart’s headquarters in Gadong, signifying collaboration to offer the course at discounted rates.

In an interview, Dart’s CEO Zul’Amali Idris said the start-up commends its drivers to take the course and has geared up to promote the programme to upscale its drivers.

“Apart from the safety aspects, this will open up opportunities for certain corporate jobs where it actually is a requirement (to be certified with the DD1),” he said.

Megamas General Manager Michael Stringer (L) and DART CEO and co-founder Zul Amali Dato Paduka Hj Idris (R) signing the agreement. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

He added: “It’s for the betterment of all our passengers and drivers to build up and have the required skill sets to have safety as a forefront; a priority.”

The courses will be on an ad-hoc basis and drivers will be participating in batches for efficiency, said the CEO.

“We thank Megamas for offering generous rates and we encourage our drivers to take advantage of this opportunity. Although it’s not a requirement yet, it is highly recommended,” said Zul.

For Megamas General Manager Michael Stringer, drivers licensed with the DD1 will provide consumers’ confidence.

(L-R) Megamas Deputy General Manager, Hj Mahmud, General Manager Michael Stringer, DART CEO and co-founder Zul Amali and Operations and Driver Acquisition Lead Siti Nor Syaahidah pose for a picture after the signing ceremony. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

“This will give users a peace of mind that when they step into the car as the driver behind the wheel actually has the necessary skills to drive around the country,” he said.

Signing on behalf of Megamas were General Manager, Michael Stringer and Deputy General Manager, Hj Mahmud Hj Idris while Dart’s CEO Zul’ Amali and Operations and Driver Acquisition Lead Siti Nor Syaahidah Hj Sahron signed on behalf of the ride-sharing service.

Currently, Dart has 200 registered drivers and reached over 10k rides consisting primarily of local users while 20 per cent is made up of tourists.

In a previous interview, the CEO said that the company is continuously working to procure additional collaborators and focus on mutual beneficial partnerships.


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