UAE-based Tristar wins UK road safety award
Tristar was awarded the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award (PMIRSA) on 9 December in recognition of its extensive internal and external road safety programmes.
Tristar Group CEO Eugene Mayne received the prestigious award in London from His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent who is the Patron of the Commission for Global Road Safety.
Mayne was accompanied by Tristar GM for HSEQ and Sustainability Muhammad Akber.
Since 1987, the Prince Michael Road Safety Awards have recognised outstanding achievements and innovations in road safety.
Considerations are given to nominations that demonstrate best practices designed and implemented in a cross border operation that could also be adapted outside their country of origin.
Each year the awards office receives hundreds of applications, which are sent to panel of judges. Each application has to pass five main criterions: visible commitment, innovation, well researched, achievement, and sustainable.
The judges’ recommendations are subsequently considered by a board that makes their recommendations to Prince Michael for approval.
Tristar was awarded based on its various best practices such as Check Every Step programme (CHEST), Rollover Warning Device (RWD), My First Driving License project for school children, and the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Safe Driving programme for heavy duty commercial drivers.
CHEST reminds drivers to avoid carelessness, compromise and complacency. It highlights critical steps for vehicle pre-trip inspection, driving, loading, and offloading.
RWD comprises a receiver, mounted in the cab with an LED display and audible warning, and a sensor, mounted on the trailer chassis. The receiver records details of the vehicle’s load, weight distribution and centre of gravity to calculate its potential tipping point, while the sensor detects the truck’s acceleration and tilt then transmits the information to the receiver via a wireless connection. At roundabouts or corners when the speed of the vehicle is excessive and any of the wheel starts to leave the ground a dashboard warning will alert the driver well in time to enable the driver reduce speed.
In June, Tristar launched a road safety awareness workshop for heavy duty drivers from all across the UAE who received first hand training on defensive driving from a road safety expert from UK-based Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). The campaign was endorsed and supported by Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA).