BP’s Commitment to Road Safety
One of the most dangerous work activities people carry out is driving. Research indicates that generally over one third of traffic accidents involve someone who is at work at the time. Apart from the loss of lives and injuries, these accidents represent serious economic burden in direct and indirect costs.
In order to reduce accidents BP introduced the Driving Safety Standard. Since adopting the Driving Safety Standard in January 2004, incidence of vehicle related fatalities and serious injuries have reduced across BP operations.
The intent of BP’s Driving Safety Standard is to ensure a formal approach to managing driving risk for its employees and for its Companies in respect of BP vehicles. The further intent is to recommend that a comprehensive driving standard be adopted by Non-BP Companies whose employees are members of the workforce. This Driving Safety Standard is deliberately prescriptive. The aim is to reduce the number of vehicular accidents and fatalities.
The Driving Safety Standard is designed to reduce the number and frequency of driving related accidents and fatalities and improve safety performance by reducing both the risk to which BP employees are exposed and the potential for harm to members of the public.
This BP Driving Safety Standard covers mandatory safety measures and precautions to be followed while operating or within a vehicle while on BP business. The Driving Safety Standard has universal application across the Group. Every group activity, administrative or operational, involves transporting goods or people. Hence this Standard will apply to:
- Every BP employee driving any vehicle on BP business.
- All BP vehicles.
- BP employees travelling on BP business where applicable.
The Driving Safety Standard is mandatory in all Business Segments, Functions and Regions and is recommended to all non-BP Companies whose employees drive for and on behalf of BP.
In the event of a conflict between this Standard and a relevant law or regulation, the relevant law or regulation shall be followed. If the Standard creates a higher obligation, it should be followed as long as full compliance with the law or regulation is also achieved.
The Driving Safety Standard requires compliance with the following 10 Elements:
1. The vehicle shall be fit for the purpose, and shall be maintained in safe working order, with seatbelts installed and functional.
2. The number of passengers shall not exceed the manufacturer's specification for the vehicle.
3. Loads shall be secure and shall not exceed the manufacturer’s specification and legal limits for the vehicle.
BP DRIVER AND PASSENGER REQUIREMENTS:
4. Drivers shall be appropriately assessed, licensed, trained, and medically fit to operate the vehicle.
5. Drivers shall be appropriately rested and alert.
6. Drivers shall not use a mobile phone or other two-way communication device while operating the vehicle.
7. In specific higher-risk countries risks of the journey shall be assessed and journey risk management policy & plans in place.
8. Seatbelts shall be worn by all occupants at all times whenever a vehicle is in motion.
9. Drivers shall not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or any other substance or medication that could impair their ability to drive.
10. Safety helmets shall be worn by rider and passengers of motorcycles, all terrain vehicles (ATVs), snowmobiles and similar types of vehicle.
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