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SINGAPORE, MAY 6TH, 2015 – Scania, one of the world’s leading manufacturer of heavy trucks and buses, today announced the launch of a driving competition to identify and recognise the best bus and truck drivers from Singapore and Malaysia.

The competition is open to any driver over the age of 20 residing in Singapore, with a valid Class 4A, 4, or 5 licence to drive heavy commercial vehicles. Participating drivers should also have good knowledge of transportation regulations in Singapore and Malaysia and be familiar with heavy trucks or buses, ideally Scania trucks and buses.

Almost 1,000 entries have been received to date. Interested participants may still submit their entry forms in a qualifying round, which includes a theory test, by July 31st, 2015. The 10 shortlisted participants, five in the Truck category and five in the Bus category, will then enter the final practical round to be held in Malaysia over one day in October 2015.

At the final round, participants vying for the prize will drive a Scania truck or bus through an obstacle course where they have to demonstrate their skills in safety, fuel efficiency and eco-friendliness. These may include making three-point turns accurately, reversing in a straight line and precision manoeuvring, among others.

Cash prizes, trophies and certificates will be presented to three winners chosen in each of two categories: Truck and Bus. The supporting truck and bus owners of each category champion will receive Scania Service vouchers.

“Scania wants to honour the finest among our professional truck and bus drivers and to raise the profile of a profession that requires a high degree of skill and knowledge in road safety and fuel economy,” said Mr Mark Cameron, Regional Director for South Malaysia & Singapore and Country Manager for Singapore. “They are important assets to a nation, providing a critical service to move goods and people where they should be, safely and on time.”

According to Mr Cameron, this is the only competition for truck and bus drivers from Singapore of its kind. Globally, Scania has been holding biennial driver competitions for 10 years, involving 100,000 drivers from 50 countries over the decade.

The Malaysia-Singapore event is sponsored by Michelin and official partners Scania Credit Malaysia, JKJR, MIROS and the Embassy of Sweden.

Interested participants can obtain entry forms for the qualifying round online at http://scania.com.sg/about-scania/scaniadrivercompetitions/ or from Scania Singapore’s branches. Entries for the qualifying round must be submitted at the branches or online at ssgenquiries@scania.com by 5.00pm on July 31st, 2015.

Participating drivers will drive a Scania truck or bus through an obstacle course.