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Safe Fleets is an initiative to prevent death or injuries, caused by road traffic accidents, through the implementation of Road Transport Safety Management system in organisations.
There are two ongoing programmes. One is for welfare of the employees in the corporate sector. This programme is referred to as the PMP or People Moving People programme. The other programme is for the welfare of the Logistics sector. This is known as the PMG or People Moving Goods programme.
Mr. Vikram Singh Mehta, Chairman, Shell Companies in India, exchanging MoU with Mr Shenoy, Chairman, CII Institute of Quality
Safe Fleets was officially launched on 9th May 2009 during the Anniversary Day function of the Confederation of Indian Industries, Institute of Quality (CII IQ), at their national headquarters in Bangalore. The function was well attended by eminent personalities like Madhavan Nair, Chairman of ISRO, Muthuraman, Managing Director of Tata Steel and other key personalities.
Although the core concept of the Road Transport Safety Management system is a Shell initiative, it has been further developed with the active involvement of other organisations across the country. External stakeholders like regulators (traffic police), transporters (contractors), transport specialists, driver training agencies, government carriers (local and interstate bus services), facility managers and safety managers from different industries and the civil society were invited to forums on issues and concerns around Road Transport Safety.
The outcome from the brainstorming sessions during these meetings led to a well thought and value-added Road Transport Safety Management system, and a Voluntary Standard detailing out the codes of conduct. The system also constitutes driver management, vehicle management, vendor management and journey management.
Building on the past successes and having a common interest, the key partners of this initiative – Shell and CII - agreed that the next stage of development required a broader India-wide reach with an initial focus on Safe Fleets in Bangalore. The vision of Safe Fleets is to make a significant contribution to achieve a sustainable reduction in unacceptable death tolls and injuries from road accidents in India.
CII-IQ hosts Safe Fleets and acts as the secretariat for this unique road safety programme. Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) is an Indian non government organization which came into existence more than 100 years ago. This well recognized organisation represents Indian industries across various sectors. It has a direct membership of over 7800 organisations from the private as well as public sectors, including small & medium enterprises (SMEs) and multinational corporations (MNCs), and an indirect membership of over 90,000 companies from around 385 national and regional sectoral associations.
Success till date
Safe Fleets members have the advantage of being among the first to implement the Road Transport Safety Management system and leverage opportunities from associations with other like-minded companies. Accenture, Wipro, Infosys, Thomson Reuters, Supervalu, BIAL, Sequel Logistics, Vikram Logistics, Indelox Services are some of the companies who have enrolled as members of Safe Fleets. The initiative has gone beyond Bangalore to other parts of Southern India and is aimed to spread to the country as a whole.
The initiative has support of the Government of Karnataka. A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between CII IQ (CII Institute of Quality) and the Transport department of the Government of Karnataka.