Getting road safety right has long been a priority for us. We run road safety programmes around the world to improve driver safety. These are based on our global standards and address local risks. Here are a few examples:

Safer trucking in India

Thousands of people die in accidents on India’s roads every year. In this challenging environment, Shell India has introduced a comprehensive safety programme for its truck drivers called HumRahee - a Hindi word meaning “travel companion in a long arduous journey”. It is designed to help them act safely behind the wheel.

Insights gained have shown HumRahee graduates to be safer on the roads than non-HumRahee drivers.

Shell drivers in the programme take part in a series of defensive driving training sessions, which teach safe driving techniques and focus on the ability to anticipate dangerous situations. The sessions include driving in a computer simulator, before going out to practice. In the vehicle, a camera and sensor system records and analyses their real-world driving. Data collected and studied at the learning centre help drivers to improve.

HumRahee also covers drivers’ health and nutritional wellbeing. Each are required to spend at least 30 hours training in a six-month period and can earn professional accreditation through the programme.

Seatbelt convincer trialled in Iraq

Travelling Iraq’s challenging roads

Road transport safety is also high on the agenda for our joint-venture operations in Iraq - a country with one of the highest road fatality rates in the world according to the World Health Organisation.

The Basrah Gas Company (BGC) venture has introduced a defensive driving skills programme to help keep their 5,100 Iraqi employees commuting safely each day. Taking a “train the trainer” approach, a number of local employees were trained to become qualified defensive driving trainers and have rolled out the training to other drivers at BGC.

Safety training was underpinned by a focus on the driving-related Life-Saving Rules, including emphasis on the importance of seatbelt use where a ‘seat belt convincer’ (pictured right) was used to demonstrate the effectiveness of belting up.

In Iraq, Shell is the operator of the Majnoon oil field, and is helping to train schoolteachers and local volunteers to raise road safety awareness among parents and children.

A vehicle mirror shows a man driving the vehicle

Journey management in Qatar

Journey management and having In Vehicle Monitoring Systems (IVMS) in our vehicles have long been requirements in Qatar Shell. A journey management plan details the safest route in order to avoid or mitigate any potential hazards. As an example, it includes rest breaks at safe locations for drivers to help prevent fatigue. IVMS allows the company to analyse driver behaviour across a range of criteria such as speeding, harsh braking and seat belt use to help ensure compliance and encourage safe driving.

In Qatar, as part of a new journey management initiative, data from each journey is analysed in order to improve the next time. Before the journey starts the team is able to assess risks. During the trip, the journey management plan is monitored for compliance. After the journey, the data is analysed and the performance reporting completed.

This approach has helped drivers, working for logistics contractor companies, to improve their driving behaviour. It has also helped minimise the likelihood of accidents and therefore people getting hurt. The analytics also help identify opportunities where journey scheduling can be improved, reducing the number of journeys.

Besides keeping safe, there is something else in it for each driver too. Shell offers a range of awards to encourage and incentivise safe driving, including “Driver of the month” and weekly announcements of the “Perfect Driver" and “Most Improved Driver”.

man driving a car outside a building

Safety leadership in Russia

Back in 2004 the Sakhalin-2 Project in Russia’s far east suffered a series of road traffic incidents leading to tragic fatalities and injuries. But these days the Sakhalin Energy* Road Safety Programme is recognised for its consistently high performance over many years in an environment where driver behaviour, road and weather conditions as well as vehicle standards presented big challenges.

It started with Sakhalin Energy’s leaders deciding to make road safety a priority. Leaders are expected to be visible at the company’s sites, put safety first on the agenda, ask good questions and, above all, show care for staff and contractors. Sakhalin Energy’s chief executive leads the Road Safety Steering Committee which rigorously applies Russian transport legislation and provides clear, simple road transport standards.

All Sakhalin Energy and contractor vehicles contain an IVMS and must pass a series of simple checks before they can be used for company operations. They must also pass Defensive Driver training.

The Safety Rangers, a road safety monitoring team, work with the local police to patrol the most dangerous roads and conduct spot checks on Sakhalin Energy and contractor vehicles.

*Shell is one of the shareholders in Sakhalin Energy.

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