DHL Supply Chain held a DHL Driver’s Day recently to promote a safety-first culture and raise road safety standards in line with the Thai government’s Road Safety Campaign. Held at the DHL Bangna Logistics Campus – Bangna Trad Km.23, the event is hosted by Mr. Kevin Burrell, CEO, DHL Supply Chain Thailand Cluster and joined by Mr. Kamol Buranapong, Deputy Director-General for Technical Affairs, Department of Land Transport; Mr. Wallop Ngamson, Director of Land Transport Safety Bureau and business alliances.
Launched in 2014, the annual event engages drivers in the program and is a pioneering way for the company to move the needle from ‘safe’ to ‘safest within the industry.’ Drivers were judged on a range of competencies such as awareness, positioning, defensive driving and accident avoidance, as well as vehicle preparation, inspections and on-the-fly maintenance. Areas of competency where opportunities exist for improvement will be boosted by world-class training, followed by expert evaluation and ongoing training support.
In addition to driver training, DHL has also invested in the latest transport technology which encompasses a full suite of transportation services featuring a Transportation Management System, optimization software, GPS and links to vehicle telematics that enhance fleet management, monitor and improve drivers’ performance, and improve visibility and security of goods via track-and-trace technology. With full installation of telematics devices in its own entire fleet, DHL is able to record road activities such as driving speed, driving behavior and truck location. In addition, any violation of DHL safety regulations will trigger an alarm in the device and the information will be reported on a real-time basis to the 24-hour Transport Control Tower. This system enhances accident prevention and the data will be used for route optimization and developing drivers’ skills.
Kevin Burrell, CEO, DHL Supply Chain Thailand Cluster explains, “With the technology and innovation that we invest in warehouse and transport operations in Thailand, coupled with our ability to deliver integrated solutions for customers, we are striving to drive enhanced value, which in turn acts as a strong differentiator for us in the market. After our fleet has applied the DHL telematics, the accident rate has reduced by 65% and CO2 emissions are reduced by 56 %.”
“In line with the government’s Road Safety Campaign which aims to reduce the number of accidents on the road, all our drivers are certified and have ongoing training. We also ensure that drivers must be ready for the duty so the “DHL switch points” nationwide are prepared for their fatigue reduction. Surveying throughout Thailand and selecting the safest locations for “DHL authorized parking” are some examples of what we invest to support road safety.”
DHL Supply Chain has a fleet of more than 1,200 vehicles and 800 drivers in addition to 2,500 subcontractor vehicles and 3,500 drivers in Thailand.