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Road safety

Transportation is intrinsic to our business activities. Shell employees and contractors drive a combined distance of almost one billion kilometres each year in more than 70 countries, including in remote locations. This works out as 2.7 million kms daily (the equivalent of driving 70 laps of the earth).  Since introducing our first global driver safety programmes in 2008, there has been a significant decline in fatal road incidents across Shell.

Our road safety approach focuses on driver skills and behaviour, as well as the condition of the vehicle, road and local environment. It is supported by our global road safety standards and includes routine audits of the road safety capabilities of our contractors as well as our mandatory defensive driving training course. This course teaches safe driving techniques and behaviour, with an overall aim of reducing risks.

Our employees and drivers are required to follow Shell’s Life-Saving Rules. These include following a prescribed route for road journeys, wearing a seat belt, not using mobile phones or any other devices while driving and adhering to speed limits.

We set high requirements for vehicle safety. In-vehicle monitoring systems (IVMS) are in place in many of our vehicles. They provide information on driver behaviour across a range of areas such as speeding, harsh braking and seat belt compliance and are used to support drivers to drive safely. In some locations, cameras in heavy good vehicles and buses are used in conjunction with IVMS to coach drivers.

We want Shell drivers to be safe at all times, but we also try to reduce the need to use road transport in the first place: the safest journey is the one not taken. A number of our large projects have successfully reduced the amount of road travel needed. For example, during construction at a chemical complex expansion we provided accommodation for personnel on the project site. Other projects use buses to transport workers, and marine vessels and trains to transport equipment which reduce exposure on the roads.

We share our road safety experience and knowledge proactively with other companies, governments, non-governmental organisations and local communities. Together with universities and private sector partners we participate in research projects to better understand driver behaviour and fatigue. We are board members of the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety and the Global Road Safety Partnership and support the United Nations Decade of Action on Road Safety.

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