Ahmedabad: Megh Singh, a professional driver with Agrawal Roadlines Private limited, Gujarat, one of the contracted hauliers for Shell in India becomes the first driver from the country to be awarded the Shell Global Driver of the Year award 2017 for East region globally. The region comprises all the countries on the eastern side of the world. The Shell Global Driver Award is a much-anticipated initiative that recognises drivers belonging to its hauliers and vendors for safe driving practices, proactively preventing unsafe behaviours or incidents and being role models for other drivers. Originally from Barmer, Rajasthan Megh has been a trucker for 25 years and transports hazardous goods (fuels) for Shell. He takes home the prize money of USD 1000.
A tough contest that saw Megh prevail over 2500 light and heavy vehicle drivers bears testimony to his exemplary driving behaviour and unwavering focus on safety that has helped improve Shell’s health, safety, security and environment practices in the region. Having clocked an impressive 20,000 km in 2017 with ZERO motor vehicle accidents, Megh continues to motivate other drivers through safety tool box talks, encourages them to highlight hazards, near-miss and potential incidents and brings innovative ideas to encourage safe driving practices.
Commenting on his achievement, Megh Singh, the award winning driver said, “Mujhe yeh award paa kar bahut khushi ho rahi hai. Main pichle 25 saal se driving kar raha hoon aur 7 saal se Agrawal Roadlines Pvt Ltd Jaamnagar ke saath hoon jo Shell India Marketing Pvt Ltd se judi hai. Hamara pehla uddeshya saavadhani baratna, doosra satark rehna, aur teesra suraksha rakhna hai. Savere jab hum gaadi mein loading karne jaate hai to pehle hum rakshak niyam, aur defensive driving niyam parhte hain. Agar humein kisi tarah ka khatra lagta hai to hum kaam nhi karte hain. Iss tarah haste haste yatra poori ho jaati hai. Agar hum apne kaam mein dhyaan rakhenge tabhi apna naam kamaa payenge. (I am extremely happy on receiving this award. I have been driving since the past 25 years. For the last seven years I have been working with Agrawal Roadlines Pvt Ltd in Jamnagar, which is associated with Shell India. While we drive on the road, we always strive to exercise caution, stay alert and safe. Each time we go for loading the material in our vehicles, it is a daily routine to read the defensive driving rules and remind us of our responsibility to ensure safety. We always assess the safety risks involved before starting our journey. By being planned and by following all the rules, we have managed to successfully complete all journeys. I believe that if one pays attention to whatever they do, they can accomplish great things in life.)”
Vikas Kochhar (Head Trading and Supply India) said, “Shell’s Driver of the Year Award offers us an opportunity to recognise those who lead and motivate others to practice safe driving behaviours. In India more than 150000 people are killed in road traffic crashes in India every year. This represents 10% of the road crashes worldwide. A majority of these accidents are caused by what is classified as ‘driver faults’. At Shell, safety is core to everything we do. We run an array of programs in India to build skill and behaviours to help drivers be safe behind the wheel.”
Shell has also rolled out #DriveSafeIndia campaign in 2017 that has benefited more than 3200 odd commercial drivers through defensive driving training and imparted training on safe road behaviours to over 10000 children. In 2018, #DriveSafeIndia is conducting health camps for truck drivers and we are rolling out a social media campaign supported by Ministry of Road Transport and Highways to inculcate safe driving practices targeting 1.5 Million Millennials across the country. Join the campaign to help India drive safe at Shell India
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