My Road Usage Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct (CoC) – “Principles, values, standards, or rules of behaviour that guide the decisions, procedures and systems of an individual in a way that (a) contributes to the welfare of my key stakeholders (my family and country), and (b) respects the rights of all road users affected by my usage.” My definition paraphrased from Wikipedia extract of International Federation of Accountants, 2007 International Good Practice Guidance, “Defining and Developing an Effective Code of Conduct for Organizations”.

Why a personal code of conduct, yet there is the Traffic and Road Safety Act 1998, that governs road usage. Over the 6 weeks, I have been spending an average of 2.5 hours on the road in 2019, and my engineering mind feels a need to derive some structure to my decision-making process on the road, which by public declaration means I can be held accountable. There is a lot of craziness, madness and road rage exhibited by all of us on the road, so I am trying to be the change I want to see in the world

My CoC captures the “spirit” of my use of the road, irrespective of what everyone else is doing, but all in line with basic road safety rules and regulations, plus common sense.

I pledge to:

  1. Not join a second or third line, and will only drive within the allocated road section for my direction of travel
  2. During slow-moving traffic, and in accordance to the traffic guidelines, yield to others in junctions, and also let others cross when doing so will not increase the grid lock.
  3. Share the road with mopeds, yes boda-bodas and cyclists despite their craziness are actually recognized in the law as having a right to use the roads too
  4. Pay extra special attention to pedestrians who are on the side walks and trying to cross the road
  5. Express my appreciation to other road uses who go out of their way to help alleviate any potential traffic and safety issues
  6. Drive with half beam and only use full beam lights when necessary
  7. Passive aggressively deal with those who break basic traffic rules, without endangering the safety of other road users

Do share your thoughts and ideas.. Happy to hear them


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