Vivo Energy the company that distributes and markets Shell branded fuels and lubricants in Africa has rewarded drivers who have excelled in observing road safety rules. Vivo Energy Uganda has a structured system for contractor-, driver-, fleet- and journey-management within its operations which have led to a significant reduction in serious road transport incidents in recent years.
At least 60 drivers under the Vivo Energy drivers’ league were rewarded at a dinner held at Protea Hotel Kampala for maintaining safety polices while on the road.
Speaking at the dinner, Vivo Energy Managing Director Mr Hans Paulsen applauded the drivers for observing the safety rules and not causing any accidents with in the past years and delivering fuel on time.
He noted that in December last year the drivers drove 1.4KM without any incident, such as accidents and traffic fines among others.
“The road safety rules put in places by Vivo Energy are first and foremost meant to protect you the drivers. Just imagine what will happen to your family if you perish in an accident after you failed to obey the road safety guidelines, who will educate your children?” Hans asked the drivers.
“At Vivo Energy we believe in recognizing excellence and the drivers have played an important role in the company’s growth by delivering fuel on time and with the right quality” Hans noted.
He further noted that Vivo Energy now deals with class A drivers, those that have passed medical test and have defensive driving skills.
“We are proud to be associated with these drivers whom we have been working closely with and trained to ensure they maintain the safety standards that we have laid down at Vivo Energy” Hans concluded.
Sempijja Dan from Fred Sebyala Transporters was declared the Overall best of the best driver. He has been driving Shell fuels for 15years, incident free.
Sempijja said that his achievement comes due to his management skills and customer service. “I follow the rules. I manage my journey well, I give myself some time to rest and I interact well with the customers” said Sempijja.
The drivers’ league was created between Vivo Energy and the transporters, in order to monitor compliance of the drivers as they do their job, to provide a structured recognition and reward system that leads to driver excellence and provides a long term and sustainable motivating program to nurture a proactive HSSE culture amongst drivers.
Points are awarded based on how the drivers participate in the Health, safety, security and Environment activities, customer care service, attitude at work and number of accidents.
About Vivo Energy Uganda
Vivo Energy Uganda, the company that distributes and markets Shell-branded fuels and lubricants, was established in February 2013. The Shell brand has been in Uganda for over 60 years. Vivo Energy Uganda has a storage capacity of 18,297 m³ and 116 service stations with a majority offering of Shell Cards and convenience retail stores. Vivo Energy Uganda employs 120 permanent employees but the business provides indirect employment to over 3,000 people. The company is recognized as the leader in the oil industry especially championing and setting standards for safety in sales and distribution.
Vivo Energy operates in retail; commercial fuels (marine, mining and aviation through Vitol Aviation); liquefied petroleum gas and lubricants in Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mali, Mauritius, Madagascar, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, Tunisia and Uganda.
The company employs around 2,100 people and operates 1,500 retail stations under the Shell brand and has access to approximately 900,000 cubic meters of fuel storage capacity. Shell and Vivo Lubricants will have blending capacity of around 91,000 metric tons at plants in seven countries (Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco, Tunisia and Senegal) producing Shell branded lubricants.
Vivo Energy Uganda: Communications Manager
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