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Aiming for glory

It’s on again: Scania’s search for the best truck and bus drivers in Australia.

The largest global driver competition for truck and bus drivers will run again in Australia as a part of Scania’s world-wide skills, safety and efficiency programme.

In 2014 more than 100,000 drivers from more than 40 countries around the world participated in the Scania Driver Competitions.

The Scania Driver Competitions will be held in Australia for the 6th time for truck drivers and 3rd time for bus drivers in 2016. Scania Australia has been running these driver competitions since 2007 with the aim of raising the profile of professional drivers and the road transport industry among the general public.

In 2016, prizes worth thousands of dollars will be awarded to the winning truck and bus drivers who successfully navigate the on-line challenger round, and then graduate to the national final, which will be held in Melbourne at the end of October.

The initial round of the competition is a knowledge-based test conducted via the internet, while the national final will test on-road, real world driving abilities, manoeuvring abilities, safe work and driving practices. There will be a further knowledge-based test under exam conditions, as well as a media interview.

“The Scania Driver Competitions have become a global opportunity for truck drivers to demonstrate their expertise, knowledge and professionalism,” says Roger McCarthy, Scania Australia’s Managing Director.

“Scania believes the driver is the transport operator’s single most important asset in delivering Total Operating Economy,” he says.

“Our transport industry faces multiple challenges and opportunities. Society continues to look for demonstrable improvements in road safety from the road transport industry. Reductions in fuel usage, however small, reduce emissions and deliver lower operating costs. Lower costs in turn increase transport operators’ profitability and provide the opportunity to grow their business. Drivers play a pivotal role in each of these areas,” Roger says.

Scania customers and drivers are urged to enter the 2016 Scania Driver Competitions, to demonstrate what they know, or to find out what they could improve.

At the very least, knowledge will be tested, awareness of issues will be raised, and a focus on safety and total operating economy will be enhanced.

All drivers with an MC licence (or HR licence for bus and coach drivers) – whether they own or drive a Scania or any other type of heavy commercial vehicle – are welcome to enter via www.scania.com.au/competitions

“By registering for the competition and taking part in the on-line stage of the competitions, drivers have nothing to lose, and businesses have plenty to gain,” Roger says.

“We know for a fact that good drivers use less fuel, look after their vehicles better, and avoid incidents on the road or in the depot. The 2016 Scania Driver Competitions aim to raise levels of awareness across all three areas, which have benefits for all drivers, their families, their employers, our entire transport industry and indeed, all other road users.

“At the very least, promoting the 2016 Scania Driver Competitions to your drivers or driving colleagues will help reinforce the importance of safety at work, efficiency of operation and encourage a positive mind-set in the job,” he says.

Registration for the 2016 Scania Driver Competitions is now open. To enter or find out more, visit here.