Each year, throughout the KeoLife Week, we focus on events around the KeoLife-cornerstones. These events take place in Keolis branches all over the world. This week, in several Belgian branches sessions are being held around the theme “distraction in traffic”.
KeoLife week’s kick-off took place in Zulte and Neder-Over-Heembeek, where Keolis’ bus drivers had the chance to experience the influence of alcohol and drug use on their driving behaviour. Of course, not by drinking beer or taking pills, but by simulating the effects of it. In collaboration with Responsible Young Drivers, sessions are being held all week long for employees in about twenty branches. Employees are invited to attend a session about alcohol and drug prevention. This way, it is made clear once again that driving and the use of alcohol and drugs or medicines are not to be combined.
After the theory, a practical challenge is being set up using the simulation glasses. Employees have to perform a few tasks, wearing one of the five sets of glasses: walking in a straight line, picking up something while taking a turn or stepping on and off a bus.
CEO Stefan De Prycker believes that Keolis employees already know they should not drive under influence of drugs and alcohol. However, he states that prevention remains very important: “Safety and prevention should be deeply rooted in our corporate values. This message cannot be repeated enough. Every employee should be an ambassador of this philosophy and we all have the responsibility to convey this message to new colleagues. Also, the outside world should know we take this very seriously! It builds trust among our clients, travellers and their families. Hereby I want to thank everyone for their contribution.”
Keolis even bought two sets of simulation glasses so that this message can continue to live on in the future. This also fits perfectly in our Toolbox-programme, in which Keolis organizes mini-trainings for our drivers. Each session takes no longer than 30 minutes. For this theme, a short video of about 12 minutes was made, in the form of a quiz. In a playful way, drivers are reminded once again of what they have always known.
More activities are taking place throughout the week in several branches.