Shell hosts Truck Heroes Drive Safely with Shell Rimula underlining its commitment to promoting road safety
Oct 05, 2020
Bangkok, Thailand – 5 October 2020: The Shell Company of Thailand Ltd., leader in energy, is joining hands with the Department of Land Transport and the Accident Prevention Network to organize ‘Truck Heroes Drive Safely with Shell Rimula’. The programme aims to improve safe truck-driving skills, promoting road safety by raising the standard of truck driving in accordance with international standards – which includes supporting the quality and transport-safety practices of the Department of Land Transport. The 100 participating truck drivers will receive safe-driving courses for haulage driving – for both practice and theory. The courses will be conducted by experts from a renowned driving school under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and certified by the Department of Land Transport.
Mr. Chirute Visalachitra, Director General, Department of Land Transport, said: “The Department of Land Transport is the organization with the responsibility to innovatively control, oversee, and foster the quality and safety of the transport system. The department places great importance on developing the capabilities of truck drivers and overseeing road safety. Additionally, truck drivers need to constantly improve to be able to adapt accordingly to the current transport landscape and enhance their standard of driving to be more efficient and recognized at the international level. Organizing ability enhancement activities for truck drivers, especially from one of the world’s leading companies like Shell, is in line with the Department of Land Transport’s objective to prepare the readiness of haulage drivers to meet better standards so as to move forward with the ASEAN community – part of the Ministry of Transport’s strategic plan.”
Mr. Panun Prachuabmoh, Country Chairman, The Shell Company of Thailand Ltd., said: “The programme ‘Truck Heroes Drive Safely with Shell Rimula’ is a part of the ‘You Are Safe, All Safe’ campaign, which is a three-year plan from 2018 – 2020. The programme highlights our commitment to prioritizing safety. Furthermore, Shell is also promoting Thailand’s structural road safety by offering innovative bitumen products, and at the same time, Shell stations are both rest stops on journeys and also places that promote road safety in Thai society.”
Ms. Veethara Trakulboon, Executive Director Lubricants Business, The Shell Company of Thailand Ltd., said: “Shell, as producer of Shell Rimula – the lubricant for heavy-duty trucks that has long been by Thai drivers’ side, is well aware of the importance of haulage drivers, who play a vital role in driving the country’s economy. That’s why we have continuously hosted various activities to promote good perception and strengthen the capabilities of truck drivers. As well as our high quality lubricants that protect the engine, we hope the ‘Truck Heroes Drive Safely with Shell Rimula’ programme we are holding for the first time this year (and plan to continue in following years) will be another crucial activity to strengthen haulage drivers’ careers, advance road safety skills, and support the country’s transport system.”
Mr. Prommin Kantiya, Director, Accident Prevention Network, said: “The main factors behind road accidents are speeding, driving under the influence and roadside parking, which causes rear-end collisions – especially at night, with 7.6% of truck rear ends being hit because of an inability to see the large vehicle. The key learnings are: appropriate spacing, only proceeding when safe, and not allowing loaded goods to exceed the width of the vehicle. In order to be able to prevent accidents, one important point is training drivers to be skilful and knowledgeable, with better understanding. In addition, organizations must strictly comply with rules and regulations such as using warning signs with reflective stripes, a white background and red perimeter together with a base and stand that is visible in the dark from at least 150 metres. This Shell programme will raise awareness and strengthen defensive driving skills, which will help reduce accidents on Thailand’s roads.”
Shell has always supported collaboration on road safety promotion by working with partners from every sector, and aims to help decrease the number of accidents and strengthen safety for individuals working and travelling. For increased travel and road safety, Shell encourages motorists to comply with all highway code rules and regulations. Shell will continue to provide various types of training, safety equipment, and appropriate learning tools such as driving simulators – used in training different target groups such as employees and staff in Shell’s business chain, motorists, and young people.
The Shell Company of Thailand Ltd. joins hands with Department of Land Transport and Accident Prevention Network
Executives from The Shell Company of Thailand Ltd., Department of Land Transport and Accident Prevention Network with the participants.
Participants of Truck Heroes Drive Safely with Shell Rimula
The participating truck drivers receive safe-driving courses for haulage driving – for both practice and theory.
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