Riders first began working in The Gambia in 2002 in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW) to manage their fleet of vehicles, which were newly purchased through a World Bank loan.
In 2009, as the fleet was ageing, Riders launched our first national vehicle-leasing programme, which we call Transport Asset Management (TAM), in partnership with the MoHSW. Under TAM, the MoHSW was provided with an entire fleet of new health care vehicles, including ambulances, trekking vehicles and motorcycles, which are owned by Riders and are leased to the Government at a not-for-profit fee.
This service was implemented utilising innovative financing through an African commercial bank and the Skoll Foundation. This system enables The Gambia to be the first country in Africa to be equipped with complete transportation coverage for its health service.
In addition, we offer fleet management for a number of other health-focused organisations in The Gambia, including Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO). These vehicles are used for emergency referrals, mass immunisation campaigns, outreach clinics, health education meetings and various other forms of health care delivery.
Built on over 30 years of experience in managing vehicles in Africa, we have developed vehicle management solutions founded on three core principles, integral to all that we do:
Preventive maintenance: Riders’ preventive maintenance system will replace parts on vehicles at regular intervals to avoid breakdowns. Our system keeps fleets running, in better condition, for the duration of their intended mechanical lifetime. As well as having workshops across our programmes, we operate an outreach maintenance system where our technicians bring our services to where the partner is working. They travel to a convenient location to conduct regular maintenance on the motorcycles and vehicles, saving time and money.
Training of vehicle users: As important as the maintenance itself, training is critical in keeping vehicle users safe and optimising the life of the vehicle. We will train vehicle users in defensive driving and basic maintenance checks every year. Planning and budgeting: Our unique pricing models enable our partners to manage and budget for on-going running costs. We can offer additional advice and support for setting appropriate budgets for the delivery of sustainable health programmes. We can also advise on the selection of appropriate vehicles for the environment and for our partners’ programmes, our technical team are on-hand to help.
Riders offers our partners customised transport solutions including the following.
Planning and budgeting assistance for managed transport systems
Vehicle selection and procurement
Training of vehicle users in basic & advanced riding/driving & basic maintenance
Routing and scheduling for vehicles to maximise efficiency
Outreach maintenance, sending our technicians to service vehicles where they are based
Preventive maintenance to replace parts before they break down
Reliable supply of genuine replacement parts
Insurance coverage through third parties
Managing 1,300 vehicles across seven African countries, Riders produces results for partners including:
•Increased vehicle longevity • Reduced vehicle downtime due to outreach and preventive maintenance • Reliable supply chain of high-quality replacement parts • Safer riders and drivers and fewer accidents • Long-term cost savings • Reduced time spent on vehicle management issues as a result of outsourcing • Predictable budgeting and no unexpected repair costs • Regular reporting on vehicle usage • Improved health outcomes as a result of reliable transport systems