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Total Drives Road Safety Awareness for Its Petroleum Product Transporters in Africa and the Middle East

Four conventions will bring together some 600 transporter representatives in around 50 countries from October 2013 to January 2014
Source: Total S.A.
Total Drives Road Safety Awareness for Its Petroleum Product Transporters in Africa and the Middle East
Total Drives Road Safety Awareness for Its Petroleum Product Transporters in Africa and the Middle East
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TUNIS, Tunisia, October 3, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ --

 Four conventions will bring together some 600 transporter representatives in around 50 countries from October 2013 to January 2014

 Transporters' Conventions Kick Off in Tunis on October 1 and 2, 2013

Road transportation accidents still claim too many victims, especially young people, in Africa and the Middle East. In this geographical region, road safety is a core focus for Total (, with 15 million tons of petroleum products transported each year by more than 6,400 trucks driving nearly 240 million kilometers. As part of its comprehensive road transportation strategy and different stakeholder-centric programs to reduce accidents, Total is once again driving improvement efforts.


About 600 representatives of the 300 transporters with which Total's Marketing & Services' affiliates have contracts in Africa and the Middle East will meet at a series of conventions to be held successively in Tunis, Ouagadougou, Kampala and Douala between October 2013 and January 2014. All will be attended by members of the Management Committee of Total Marketing & Services' Africa/Middle East Division.

The two-day conventions will be working sessions addressing four central focuses: managing drivers, managing vehicles, managing delivery routes and managing HSEQ. Total's mandatory transportation standards and management techniques will be reviewed, and return on experience and best practices will be shared with transporters.

The conventions bolster existing programs and systems such as PATROM, the Transportation Management System (TMS), Transporter Inspection and the Golden Rule on Traffic (1), and offer a unique opportunity to more effectively network with our partners to tangibly improve petroleum product road transportation safety in Africa and the Middle East.

(1) See below for more detailed descriptions of these programs and systems.

Distributed by the African Press Organization on behalf of the Total S.A.

Media contact: Saloua Annabi ([email protected])

About Total

Total ( is a leading international oil and gas company with operations in more than 130 countries. It is also a world-class chemical producer. Its 97,000 employees put their expertise to work in every part of these industries — exploration and production of oil and natural gas, refining and marketing, gas and power, trading, and chemicals — to keep the world supplied with energy, both today and tomorrow.

Total Marketing & Services in Africa and the Middle East

Total is present across the petroleum product marketing chain — service station networks, general retail, lubricants, aviation fuel, asphalt and bitumen, and LPG — in 51 countries in Africa and the Middle East. The Group is a leader in the segment, with an estimated market share of 13%. Some 1.7 million customers stop by the 4,400 Total service stations in the region every day.

Total in Tunisia

An affiliate of international oil company Total, Total Tunisie has 400 employees and indirectly generates 1,300 jobs. Its activities are conducted at seven production sites and 152 service stations, with an estimated retail fuel market share of 21%. In 2012, Total Tunisie invested 15 million dinars to adapt and upgrade its infrastructure.

The PATROM Program to Improve Road Transportation

Introduced in 2003, PATROM is a comprehensive program deployed across M&S affiliates in Africa and the Middle East. Designed to reduce the number of road accidents by emphasizing driver training and fleet maintenance, the program engages all stakeholders, including transporters and drivers, in a continuous improvement process covering all aspects of transportation.

The Transportation Management System (TMS)

The TMS is an audit system that reinforces the PATROM program. Rolled out in 2010, it applies to all transportation activities by affiliates.

As part of the system, five-step audits are performed regularly:

- Assess the transportation business in each affiliate.

- Verify that transportation tools are understood and used at affiliates, through six focuses: legislation and regulations, purchasing, operations, environment, security and safety.

- Confirm that the PATROM program is correctly deployed on the front line.

- Assess affiliate transportation activities using various key performance indicators.

- Prepare a dedicated action plan for each affiliate and evaluate their progress.

Transporter Inspection

The aim is to reduce the frequency of road accidents and make transportation management even more professional in the Africa/Middle East region. This entails identifying high-risk transporters, in-affiliate avenues for improvement, and best practices to be shared across all affiliates.

To achieve these objectives, a Transporter Inspection unit has been set up to:

- Regularly inspect transporters according to specific criteria, at the same time as TMS audits are conducted at affiliates.

- Strengthen the competency and authority of the Transportation Manager in the affiliate.

- Support and dialogue with affiliates on transportation-related issues and challenges.

Golden Rule on Traffic

Many accidents can be avoided by respecting a few simple rules. Total has published 12 Golden Rules to improve the safety culture of its employees.

Rule No. 2 specifically addresses transportation and vehicle TRAFFIC:

- Obey the speed limit and buckle your seatbelt.

- Make sure machinery and vehicles are suitable for the intended use, inspected and authorized for use.

- Drivers must have a valid license for the vehicle driven or machinery operated and the type of product transported.

- Do not use cell phones while driving.

- Do not transport passengers and goods in the same compartment.

- Take special precautions when driving conditions are hazardous.

- Pull over when you are tired.

- Special restrictions apply to access to and traffic in hazardous areas where a potentially explosive atmosphere may form.

Total Marketing & Services' Africa/Middle East Division has transposed this rule and added six specific transportation-related rules. The intent is to highlight behavior and practices to be avoided or adopted when driving, with special attention paid to high-risk situations. These prevention rules are mandatory for all drivers on- and offsite.

1. I do not drive at night. I do not use my mobile phone when driving. I wear my seatbelt.

2. I do not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

3. I do not carry members of the public as passengers in my vehicle.

4. I control my speed, respect speed limits and observe the driving times.

5. I check the vehicle before all journeys or loading operations.

6. I check the driver's qualification.