Lafarge Partners MIROS to Improve Driver Behaviour



KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 7 (Bernama) -- Lafarge Malaysia Bhd is exchanging notes with the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) on knowledge exchange to improve road transport safety and driver behaviour on the road.


Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed today, Miros will conduct a research on heavy vehicle drivers based on Lafarge's Global Positioning System (GPS) utilisation data.


The data will be collected from Lafarge's fleet of 1,500 trucks.


The cement manufacturer has installed a GPS system in its trucks to record its drivers' behaviour on the road, particularly speeding, continuous driving without breaks, harsh braking, and late night driving.


Lafarge Supply Chain Vice-President Yap Poh Onn said Lafarge would monitor its drivers through the GPS and release a report on it.


"Drivers who are found to violate Lafarge's road safety rules are required to undergo training and counselling to change their driving behaviour," he told reporters after signing ceremony of the MoU here today.


Road Safety Department Director-General Datuk Dr Tam Weng Wah said top management in the corporate sector should play a vital role in encouraging employees, particularly drivers to practice safe driving.


"It starts with the management, the employees will emulate positive attitude shown. They (the management) should go down to the ground to ensure that the employees comply with safety regulations," he added.