Safety is the number one priority at Barloworld Transport, and the preservation of life and limb is a non-negotiable imperative throughout our business. Through strong focus on employee training, vehicle maintenance and general risk management we have entrenched a culture of ‘safety first’ in all our operations.

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Managing risk

Managing on-road risk is an integral part of our business. Continually monitoring and managing staff and equipment enables us to minimise risk. While comprehensive training and accreditation programmes empower our drivers to deliver the goods safely to every destination.

Good drivers make all the difference

All new drivers at Barloworld Transport are required to complete a unique three-week Professional Driver Induction and Training Programme. During this time we analyse each driver’s risk profile and driving pattern, identify weaknesses and provide corrective training before allowing the driver to take to the road. To keep raising our high standards, all drivers are required to complete an annual one-week refresher training programme. The programme focuses on defensive driving techniques and other advanced training modules. We offer a 12-month programme that aims to assist unemployed individuals become professional ultra-heavy truck drivers. Our ongoing Driver Training and Support Programme has raised overall safety standards, saving lives and keeping cargo safe on the roads.

Safety is non-negotiable

Safety is good for people and it’s good for business. This, for us, makes adherence to the highest health, safety, security and environmental standards a given. Our SHERQ (Safety, Health, Environment, Risk and Quality) programme revolves around awareness, commitment and compliance. It was developed in-house and is integrated across all business units. Barloworld Transport utilises DriveSmart™, a driver performance change management system that helps reduce the risk of loss of life, injury to road-users and damage to vehicles. DriveSmart™ provides evaluation criteria, behaviour change facilitation and driver rewards and recognition, further enhancing road safety by identifying problems early and prompting corrective action. All vehicles are fitted with real-time satellite tracking and over 80% of our fleet have in-cab cameras. Vehicle tracking systems are seamlessly integrated with DriveSmart™ providing high-level monitoring of driver behaviour and assessment of on-road risk. Smarter drivers mean smarter deliveries – and a smarter way of doing business. DriveSmart™ evaluates driving skills in five key areas: defensive driving, engine RPM management, idling, speed management and fatigue. By providing feedback to drivers concerning their driving patterns, they can acquire corrective knowledge, hone their skills with new techniques and maintain the right attitude. A closely managed tutorial system helps drivers acquire the necessary knowledge on how to become the most professional and safest driver that he or she can be. Drivers are held accountable for their standard of driving and are encouraged to develop the right attitude to maximise learning and facilitate change of habits. Advanced training is provided in cases where it is deemed necessary.