All Imperial drivers are required to be trained in:
- First aid and fire-fighting
- Defensive driving techniques, to prevent accidents on the road
Known as one of the highest-risk professions, Imperial takes all the necessary measures to ensure that their truck drivers are putting safety first.
- Roll-over prevention – loading all compartments of the vehicle correctly to prevent instability
- Product knowledge/handling, to prevent spillages
- Emergency response procedures
- They also have a valid Dangerous Goods certificate if transporting products like petrochemicals (fuel, gas and chemical)
Daily driver and vehicle assessments by Imperial
· The operator must have had at least nine hours’ sleep.
· He must have eaten a good meal to ensure stable blood sugar levels – either breakfast or dinner (depending on the shift).
· Alcohol testing is conducted.
· The supervisor on duty will do a visual assessment of the driver.
· The driver needs to declare if he is taking any medication.
· Lights, wipers, indicators, hazards, reverse lights and tyres of the vehicle are all assessed.
· If defects are declared, the workshop will fix them. The operator will only receive loading instructions thereafter and will load according to a set procedure.
· The driver begins his journey, following the prescribed route authorised by the HSSE Officer.
· His driving is monitored via DriveCam cameras inside the cab, and driving behaviour and tracking reports are produced via the on-board tracking units which are checked after every trip.
· Each driver receives a ‘tag’ which also measures driver behaviour (to identify if he is a high-risk driver or not). These include:
- Fuel consumption
- Harsh braking
- Harsh acceleration
- Kilometres travelled
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