Lafarge joins drive to curb road fatalities

LAFARGE Zambia Plc will partner with relevant organisations to curb road accidents which have cost the country so much in human life and property damage, says company chief executive officer Emmanuel Rigaux.

Mr Rigaux said in an interview that Lafarge wanted to be involved in many areas of the economy which would save lives apart from being a cement producing company.

“Road safety is very much in the heart of what we do. Road fatalities are costing Zambia a lot every year and we want to do more than our part to improve safety on roads.

“So we started with our own fleet; all our trucks are equipped with the GPS and we have implemented very high standards for the transporters that we use,” he said.

Mr Rigaux said his company was considering partnering with the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) on how to reduce road accidents.

“We also want to see how we can partner with RTSA. I think we have one of the safest fleets in Zambia and now even though it’s a daily fight but there are also good practices in the industry and it’s interesting to see what is being done and how we can leverage working together to achieve zero fatality on the roads,” he said.

He also said his company would have road safety days at the end of this month.

Meanwhile, Puma Energy Zambia Plc chairman Jacob Jones said his company was alarmed by the high rate of road deaths with its drivers making about 8,900 trips every month transporting products.

Mr Jones proposed a national conference on work-related policies next June as part of Puma Energy Zambia’s action in supporting 50 percent road accident reduction.

“We are encouraged by road safety policies of Puma Energy Zambia, Total Zambia, Barloworld and others who have initiated excellent policies in their organizations,” he said.

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