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Scania announces the arrival of the Young Australian Bus Driver competition

The search is on to discover the best young bus driver in Australia.

Scania Australia is poised to start its third national search for the best Young Australian Truck Driver, and for the first time extends this search to include young bus drivers, running the two competitions concurrently.

The 2012 competitions will be run along similar lines to the successful YATD 2010 programme, comprising a web-based entry for eligible drivers, followed by the National Final to be held in Melbourne in November. Both YATD and YABD winners each earn a prize of $10,000.

Young bus drivers eligible to enter are invited to visit www.scania.com.au after 5 July 2012 and follow the links to the YABD competition entry form.

The top 16 bus driver entrants will be invited to Melbourne in November to take part in the National Final, to be held on Sunday November 18.

The Scania Young Australian Truck and Bus Driver 2012 competitions aim to increase road safety, boost driver confidence and skills as well as improve the perception of professionalism of truck and bus drivers in the wider community.

The competitions also aim to increase driver efficiency and reduce vehicle wear and tear, vital factors in enhancing operator profitability. For bus drivers, passenger comfort through smooth and progressive acceleration, braking and steering, also play an important role within the competition.

Scania Australia’s young driver competition is affiliated with the worldwide Scania Driver competition, taking place in 40 countries and attracting 55,000 entries this year, making it the largest of its kind.

“The driver is the single most important factor for economy, environment and safety,” says Leif Östling, President and CEO, Scania.

“Skilled and committed drivers deliver transport efficiently, reduce emissions, contribute to better road safety and improve any company’s profitability. These types of drivers are real assets and prove that environmental pursuits and positive financial results can go hand-in-hand.”

“The Scania YABD 2012 competition will focus on best driving practises, from driving skills to knowledge of road rules, which in total will encourage safer driving and improved road safety conditions for all road users,” says Roger McCarthy, Managing Director of Scania Australia.

In addition to exceptional driving skills, drivers must demonstrate a positive attitude, road safety awareness, stamina and professional pride.

“The Scania YABD competition brings a focus to the industry and shows that we are actively working to improve productivity, sustainability and road safety, as well as raising the profile of the driving profession in Australia. We appreciate how important it is to encourage new drivers to join the industry and we also want to help make the roads safer. This competition fulfils this joint aspiration very well,” Roger says.

 

“I would encourage all young bus drivers to enter the on-line competition if for no other reason than to test their professional knowledge.

“We look forward to welcoming the most knowledgeable to Melbourne this November to see if they stack up as well behind the wheel as they do in front of a screen,” Roger says.a

Initiated in 2003, the Scania Driver Competition originated in Europe. The competition has evolved into series of challenging events that highlight the importance of the skills of drivers, as well as driver training and development to enhance road safety awareness and proficient eco-driving. In 2012, Scania will host the YATD competition in Brazil, Hong Kong, Argentina, Korea, Mexico, Singapore, China, Chile, Malaysia, Peru and South Africa, as well as across Europe and of course, Australia.

To enter the Scania Young Australian Bus Driver 2012 competition on the web, visit www.scania.com.au and follow the links to the YABD competition. Entries close on 30th September 2012.