2016 Hyundai Motor Energizing Project for Taxi Drivers
Visiting the opening ceremony of the 'Energizing Station' and 'Energizing Bus' for taxi drivers
Hyundai Motor Company has been working hard to keep the roads safe through diverse community contributions and activities. In 2016, this concern and passion of Hyundai Motor Company has resulted in a special project to promote road safety, which is called "Health Care Project for Taxi Drivers." Recently, concern has been growing concern about the increasing number of ageing taxi drivers and that their health condition is causing an increase in the incidence of car accidents. The average of number of kilometers driven by a taxi driver in a day is 250. Yet, usually taxi drivers have less than an hour for their break, which often leads to various health problems related to the nervous system and spinal cord. These health issues regarding taxi drivers can result in car accidents and threaten the lives of citizens.
Hyundai Motor was concerned about such problems and determined to help f taxi drivers in a special way by initiating the 'Health Care Project.' This project consists of two parts. One is "Energizing Station" and the other is "Energizing Bus." Taxi drivers can use these two resources their break time and get some advice about how to improve their health condition. Hyundai Motor seeks to promote safe road conditions for all passengers through this project by caring for the health of taxi drivers.
'Energizing Station' and 'Energizing Bus' are supported by Hyundai Motor, SK Gas, and Korea Sports Promotion Foundation. 'Energizing Station' is located in Jang Am LPG station and in 5 other areas. 'Energizing Bus' circulates among places where many taxi drivers are found.
On March 8, people gathered at Jang Am LPG station to celebrate the opening of 'Energizing Station' and 'Energizing Bus.' Among them were representatives from Hyundai Motor who had worked hard to become road safety keepers. Also, there were guests from SK Gas and Korea Sports Promotion Foundation that have joined forces with Hyundai Motor to support the new project. Nevertheless, the main guests of this opening ceremony were the taxi drivers.
"You drive over 250 kilometers a day in a period of 10 hours. You should know that your safety is our safety," said Soonyung Jung, the sales business director of Hyundai Motor Company, to the taxi drivers gathered to hear his opening greeting statement. He expressed his gratitude toward them for their hard work on the road as well as expressing his support for them. People clapped when he promised to keep supporting road safety measures for the sake of local communities.
Following his remarks there were greetings delivered by the other collaborators in the project. Wanghui Jang, the Sk Gas director, encouraged taxi drivers to provide safe trips for passengers and provide better services as they use 'Energizing Station.' Kyungchan Ann, the business executive of Korea Sports Promotion Foundation, encouraged taxi drivers to stay healthy until 100 years old through the help of the national health care program, 'Physical Strength up to 100 years old.' Hongkyu Ann, a taxi driver, expressed his appreciation for everyone who attended the ceremony. He said that he would use the 'Energizing Station' as often as he could and seek to serve the community with his best efforts.
After the greetings were delivered, there was a very special moment, the moment that everyone had been waiting for. It was to see 'Energizing Station' and 'Energizing Bus'! To the loud cheers of everyone, the white veils covering 'Energizing Station' and 'Energizing Bus' were removed.
The taxi drivers attending the event were the first to enter the 'Energizing Station' and 'Energizing Bus' and looked around the inside. The sports curer warmly welcomed the taxi drivers and provided health check-ups and advised them on fitness programs.
Besides Jang Am LPS Station, we have 5 more 'Energizing Stations in the metropolitan area. Each station has blood pressure monitors and InBodys (Body composition analyzer). The station is designed to help taxi drivers check their health conditions and do stretching exercises. The healthcare program in Energizing Station consists of three 3 steps. First, every user will have his/her health condition checked through a blood pressure monitor and an InBody. Second, the user will learn to do stretching exercises based on the results of the test. Lastly, he/she will do exercises using fitness equipment. Every user will have his/her own health care card and receive help from a certified personal trainer who visits the centers once a week.
Smart Stretching System is the most popular equipment in 'Energizing Station' among taxi drivers. Taxi drivers who first visit the center show a great interest in this equipment. It is manufactured by IUWell, a wellness company. Its monitor checks the muscle condition of a user and indica