Safety education and training

training concerning transport safety In terms of education and training concerning transport safety, in addition to the monthly instruction and education, twice‐yearly training is provided for all crew, with the assistance of invited expert lecturers, in an effort to improve transport safety.
(Held on January 16, 2018 for the Tohoku region and January 23, 2018 for the Kanto region.)

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[1] Safe transport on winter roads
冬道の安全運行 In lectures, with the aim of improving safe driving skills on winter roads, trainees learned the basics about the required driving skills and bus features they would be training in the practical snow‐driving training on the second day. They also reaffirmed the Basic Policy on Transport Safety that lies at the heart of those skills and knowledge, the Transport Safety Targets, and Priority Measures Regarding Transport Safety.

Under guidance to the effect that safe driving by each and every individual is what leads to trust in the company, our employees will use the knowledge gained in this training to further raise their consciousness of safety and hazard prediction abilities, in our efforts to provide a higher standard of safety and reliability to our customers.
[2] Toward prevention of traffic accidents / Learning from examples of accidents on expressways
Toward prevention of traffic accidents In this training, officers working at the forefront of the Expressway Traffic Police in the Fukushima Prefectural Police Department and the Metropolitan Police Department were invited as instructors to give lectures from their expert perspectives, on topics such as accident prevention, based on actual examples of accidents, with a focus on the current state of expressways where they have frequent occasions to drive.

These lectures fostered awareness of the many hazards other than vehicle‐to‐vehicle collisions, such as falling objects, vehicles traveling the wrong way, and people and vehicles entering the expressway by mistake. Our drivers also learned about appropriate ways of responding to accidents when they do occur, alongside the changes in the relevant legislation. The lecturers told the trainees about the extreme importance of “driving according to the fundamentals,” “wearing seatbelts,” and “taking a deep breath and consciously yielding at times of annoyance” in preventing accidents and mitigating damage. We constantly strive to ensure that the contents of these lectures are geared to operations managers as well as crew in our aim to achieve further safe operations and appropriate instruction.
[3] Akira Kozakura, Representative Director, Sakura Kotsu / Sadakazu Arai, Representative, AT LINER
Safety Initiatives and Safety Philosophy The Representative Directors of Sakura Kotsu and one of its Group companies, AT LINER, spoke about the comprehensive training and about their future safety initiatives and safety philosophy.

Firstly, this financial year, there was a serious accident in the Group in which someone died, and it became a year in which our approaches to safety came into question in a way they never have before.
With the belief that, when an accident occurs, psychological factors have a major impact, and the awareness that in situations that cause panic, that panic can prevent us from noticing things that we would not normally overlook, we instill in each and every one of our employees the importance of having the emotional leeway to realize that there is no need to panic, and implanting that philosophy as part of the corporate culture. We constantly keep in our hearts the certainty that such a philosophy will protect our customers, the safety of people in the vicinity, and, ultimately, ourselves and our families. In this way, we will deliver safe operations for everyone’s benefit.

Also, with the aim of providing safety back‐up from the company and alleviating the burden on crew, we will further progress safety initiatives that respond to technological advances and environmental changes, actively introducing vehicles with the latest safety features to our fleet. We will steadily build up the philosophy of “Safety Above All Else.”
[4] One small habit for continuing to drive in the best condition
ベストコンディションで運転 In recent times, in the environment surrounding bus drivers, circumstances that are placing an added burden on bus crews have increased, such as a labor shortage and an increase in the average age of drivers. Further, given that drivers must sit in the same position for long periods as they drive, how good their posture is can have a major impact on the burden on their bodies and the accumulation of fatigue.

As one way of mitigating that impact even a little, our drivers have been given knowledge and methods for improving their condition, which they can easily implement themselves in their driving, including their posture. By turning those methods into habits, crews are able to mitigate their fatigue by themselves, allowing them to drive in their best condition at all times, which will lead to safer operations.