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Group Safety Guideline no 03


An important proportion of fatal occupational accidents in the Group are due to road traffic accidents. This present Guideline clarifies certain elements of the Group's Health, Safety, Environment Quality Charter in the field of driving safety. It aims at reducing the frequency and severity of road accidents. This Guideline supplements legal requirements and regulations in countries where driving is taking place, which are applicable in all situations.

Field of application

This Guideline applies to the entire domain operated by Companies belonging to the Group. It is applicable to Group employees or to contractor employees working for one of the Group's entities that use a motorized vehicle for professional needs. All types of motorized vehicles are included (light vehicles, off-road, freight, buses, ... ), be they owned or leased by the entity, the contractor or by the employee. It is applicable to the transportation of products and goods executed by contractors under time charter contracts (minimum duration of one year). This Guideline is not applicable to travel between home and work locations except in cases where group transportation is organized by the Group or contractors.

Driver missions

Adherence to the five cardinal rules below is a condition for being authorized to drive for the needs of the Group :

  • Wearing of seat belts by all occupants of an equipped vehicle
  • Respect of speed limits.
  • Driving without being under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medication susceptible of affecting a driver's attention.
  • Possession by the driver of valid licences for both the type of vehicle used and the type of transport being undertaken.
  • The exclusive use of vehicles suitable and in good condition.

More generally, drivers are responsible for making sure that both themselves and their passengers respect laws and regulations and apply the standards as defined by the Group.

Prior to any trip, driver must check the condition of the vehicle, of its equipment and the proper arrangement and stowage of freight. They must ensure that they are in possession of the correct vehicle and freight documentation.

The use of a mobile phone by the driver is forbidden while driving1.

Driver should participate in improvement programs in place, which notably include the analysis of information provided by the monitors installed in vehicles.

They report accidents and incidents according to the procedure in effect within their entity.

Management missions

Branch and Holding managements are responsible for implementing this Guideline in their areas of responsibility and for ensuring that vehicle driving improvement programs are put in place (see details in appendix). Procedures should be prepared and used, and appropriate clauses should be introduced in contracts.

Every operational manager will audit and evaluate annually the capacity of his staff for preparing, implementing and managing these programs. He will keep his manager informed of the results obtained and of any difficulties encountered.

The effectiveness of these programs is dependant on a positive and productive attitude among all the participants, regardless of their hierarchical level.


1 Studies on simulators and accident analysis led by independent expert teams, in France and abroad, have shown loss of vigilance and increased risk of serious accident linked to the use of a mobile phone while driving, whether it is equipped with a hand-free device or not.



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