OMV and Petrom subscribed at UN and EU Road Safety initiative
Governments, international agencies, civil society organizations and private companies from more than 100 countries are launching today the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020. Presidents and prime ministers are expressing their commitment and launching national plans for the Decade, and to symbolize the launch, national monuments are illuminated with the road safety "tag", the new symbol for the Decade. These events mark the start of the Decade which seeks to save 5 million lives over the ten-year period.
The activities are focusing on: building road safety management capacity; improving the safety of road infrastructure and broader transport networks; further developing the safety of vehicles; enhancing the behaviour of road users; and improving post-crash care.
OMV and Petrom are prepared to sustain the UN 2011 – 2020 Decade of Action on Road Safety through several actions commonly developed by Sustainability:HSSE with the support of CREM Facility Management under Petrom Road Safety Project.
This set of actions developed by our company is in line with the commitment signed by OMV on 24th of September 2010 in the EU Road Safety Charter and consists of:
· Adopting and implementing best recommended practice tools and rules for driving.
· Delivering Defensive Driving training for all Petrom vehicle users
· Specific communication events and activities with the purpose to enforce implementation of transportation best practice, road safety behavior and in same time to also influence national driving environment for a proper development strategy.
You can see here the commitment OMV has taken within the European Road Safety Charter.
Together with EU Road Safety Charter, European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) and EU - OSHA (European Agency for Safety and Health at Work) we take part in organized activities and actions with focus on Transportation Safety.
Within Petrom, over 6500 light vehicles users have been trained in defensive driving and on 2nd of May 2011 we started this training also for heavy vehicles drivers. A specially-designed truck with built-in simulators and training classroom will go out to over 12 selected locations until the end of September 2011 and we expect around 1.300 E&P employees to attend defensive driving training designed for heavy vehicles.
We are continuing the defensive driving training for light vehicles in Bucharest and so far this year we trained already 550 employees.
We are proud to report good results of this action, as the number of accidents has considerably reduced.
In the period of January to May in 2010 we had 12 Major Vehicle Accidents which included injuries to employees and in the same period in 2011 we have suffered only 3 such accidents with no injuries due, we believe, to the change in behavior effected by this training.
This training will be repeated with three year cycles to constantly refresh drivers’ awareness of the dangers of driving in Romania.