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Scania prioritised safe driver behaviour at the WHO conference

As part of Scania’s partnership with World Health Organisation (WHO), Scania participated in the 8th WHO World Conference on Injury Prevention & Safety Promotion in Durban, South Africa.

Scania is pursuing the demand for increased safety on the world’s roads on many different levels. One of these is the Young European Truck Driver (YETD) competition, which takes place in 27 countries in Europe, and similar competitions in Brazil, Argentina, South Africa and Taiwan. And as of next year, also in South Korea, Malaysia and Australia.In South Africa, which suffers a high traffic-accident rate, Scania is also running an intensive programme of driver training under the banner of the Scania Driver Academy, which is also open to Scania truck customers from Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Angola, Mozambique, Zambia and Malawi.At the conference in Durban, Scania highlighted the interaction between technical, safety-enhancing innovations – for instance in the area of brakes – and appropriate driver behaviour: “Changing driver attitudes to safety and behaviour behind the wheel is the very core of Scania’s active road safety drive,” emphasised Scania at the conference. During the WHO conference, visitors could also see films of Scania’s operations around the world. There was particular interest in YETD, which will be held for the third time in 2007. The 8th World Conference on Injury Prevention & Safety Promotion in Durban ended on Thursday. Scania is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks and buses for heavy transport applications, and of industrial and marine engines. A growing proportion of the company’s operations is comprised of products and services in the financial and service sectors, assuring Scania customers of cost-effective transport solutions and maximum uptime. Employing 30,000 people, Scania operates in about 100 countries. Research and development activities are concentrated in Sweden, while production plants are located in Europe and South America, with facilities for the global exchange of both components and finished vehicles. In 2005, invoiced sales totalled SEK63,3 billion and net income amounted to SEK4.7 billion.Scania press releases are available on the Internet,