Jun
09
2017

Johnson & Johnson flags off ‘Driving to Gold’ programme for their Dedicated Drivers at Mumbai

Johnson & Johnson, in association with Fleet Forum flagged off the ‘Driving to Gold’ programme for their contract drivers of Shiv Transport at Mulund, Mumbai on 18th & 19th May 2017.

The Chief Guest for the two day program was Mr. Balsane, Traffic Police Inspector and Mr. Kadam, Incharge of Traffic division (Mulund & Vikroli). Johnson & Johnson Pvt Ltd, Mulund was represented by Mr. Ram Shukla, Mr. Naresh Phabiani, Ms. Shipa Kedia, Mr. Anish Sengupta,  Mr. Parvez, Ms Anahita Makhania.  Dr. Pramila Sanjaya & Mr. Vivek Sinha of Fleet Forum were also present. From Shiv Transport Mr Shivaji Kudale & Mr Umesh Kudale were present.  While Mr Ram Shukla spoke about the importance of road safety and safety precautions for drivers as well as pedestrians, Mr. Kadam said “It’s sad that there is quite a few times that though fault of drivers are not there, but they are still booked”. However he was glad that J & J have taken the responsibility of training their drivers to become a better driver.

The Chief Guest for the two day program was Mr. Balsane, Traffic Police Inspector and Mr. Kadam, Incharge of Traffic division (Mulund & Vikroli). Johnson & Johnson Pvt Ltd, Mulund was represented by Mr. Ram Shukla, Mr. Naresh Phabiani, Ms. Shipa Kedia, Mr. Anish Sengupta,  Mr. Parvez, Ms Anahita Makhania.  Dr. Pramila Sanjaya & Mr. Vivek Sinha of Fleet Forum were also present. From Shiv Transport Mr Shivaji Kudale & Mr Umesh Kudale were present.  While Mr Ram Shukla spoke about the importance of road safety and safety precautions for drivers as well as pedestrians, Mr. Kadam said “It’s sad that there is quite a few times that though fault of drivers are not there, but they are still booked”. However he was glad that J & J have taken the responsibility of training their drivers to become a better driver.

Dr. Pramila, while welcoming the guests said “Fleet Forum’s ‘Driving to Gold’ programme offers a comprehensive solution; driving skills is part of the programme, however it is not the only intervention, as road safety awareness and physical and mental well-being of drivers in India is an equally important part of the driver profile.” She added “Fleet Forum aims to emphasise the positive influence that drivers with the right knowledge and skills can have on the delivery of service in a safe, fuel-efficient and environment-friendly manner. Fleet Forum wishes to change the way organisations think about driver assessment and training by developing, piloting and implementing a certification programme which organisations can use to proactively and continuously manage safe driving of their own, hired and subcontracted drivers. We are grateful for the support of and funding from the UPS and FIA Foundation to develop such a programme.”

Talking to the drivers who were present at the launch event along with other J&J staff, Mr. Naresh Phabiani said “Johnson &Johnson has been investing in various training and community engagement activities for subcontracted drivers. While these activities have resulted in some benefits, the drivers have still been involved in road traffic incidents which are a major concern for the organisation. Therefor there is need for a more comprehensive approach to realise the next steps in further reducing the accidents. That is the reason Johnson& Johnson is initiating the roll-out this programme for its dedicated drivers”. In Phase 1, approximately 35 dedicated drivers who are stationed in Mulund Plant site,in Mumbai participated in the programme.

Assessment Activities

The 2 day assessment programme consisted of various activities,

  • Registration and hand over of welcome pack
  • In cab assessment of all participating drivers, after the practical assessment, the driver and assessor sat together for 30 minutes and evaluated the driving skills. With the support of the assessor, the driver identified a maximum of 3 actions he will focus on to improve his driving behaviour.
  • Medical check-up: for 30 minutes, a general physician administered a check-up with the following:
  • Drivers should have at least 20/40 vision with a 70-degree field of vision in each eye and the ability to distinguish the colours on a traffic light
  • Drivers must be able to hear a forced whisper in one ear at 1.5 metre feet (with or without the use of a hearing aid)
  • The blood pressure, height, weight and BMI were also measured
  • Road safety and psychometric assessment: within the next 30 minutes, this basic assessment measured driving-related ability and personality factors of professional drivers. It combines a number of ability and personality dimensions that have been shown in various validation studies to be the most relevant.

 

About ‘Driving to Gold’ Programme

‘Driving to Gold’ consists of developing drivers, providing feedback and ensuring their driving behaviour is safe, fuel-efficient and environmental friendly. The programme will focus on heavy duty vehicles and will consist of the following instruments:

Instrument Description
Assessment / certification Assess drivers’ level of knowledge and practical skills and assess physical and mental fitness (medical check and psychometric test). A positive outcome will lead to certification (bronze, silver and gold level driver).

The assessment will identify areas for improvement and assign training modules and other interventions that can bridge gaps, thus providing a tailor-made path for training

Driver Interventions Provide a range of practical interventions that support drivers in acquiring knowledge and developing skills needed. The interventions will enable drivers to grow in their level of professionalism. Their learning will be measured in the re-assessment.
Re-Assessment Put into place mechanisms that measure to what extent learning has been put into practice (re-assessing the level of the driver); identify pending areas for improvement and recommend additional driver interventions if necessary.