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Scania creating the skilled truck and bus drivers for sustainable transportation “SCANIA DRIVER COMPETITIONS THAILAND 2017”

SCANIA celebrated its’ 30th anniversary in Thailand by holding a CSR event, “SCANIA DRIVER COMPETITIONS THAILAND 2017”, with the aim of bringing about a sustained and significant improvement in both competency and responsibility on the road under the concept “4D”. The truck category was won by Chatchawan Thongchai, Pongravee Co., Ltd. and the bus category was won by Narasak Kanchanapan, Rich and Best Co., Ltd.

Scania is a global organization and focuses on sustainable transport systems. The company's production base is located in Europe, South America and Asia. Scania is committed to confronting the modern challenges of the transportation industry, by providing the highest quality products including trucks, buses, industrial & marine engines, electricity generators and dynamos. Additional services include finance, hire purchase, insurance, spare parts, maintenance & repair and emergency services driver training. Stefan Dorski, Managing Director of Scania Siam Co., Ltd. , says “Scania believes that the driver is the single most important asset for economy, the environment and safety”. Since 2003 more than 350,000 truck drivers in nearly 50 countries have participated in The Scania Driver Competition – the world’s largest truck driving and training event. The Scania Driver Competition 2014-2015 was the sixth edition of this truly international event, since it was established in 2003, with the latest competition attracting more than 100,000 truck drivers. The competition started as a response to a 2003 European Commission directive on driver training, which aimed to minimize the environmental impact of truck driving by increasing road-safety awareness and improving fuel consumption. The European Commission has endorsed the event ever since.

The success of this radical concept is validated by the results of driver surveys conducted following the 2012 competitions, with participating drivers confirming the competition had substantially improved their skills. Not only has the number of participating drivers increased, but there has also been heightened interest from institutions ranging from transport authorities and road safety organizations, to the International Road Transport Union (IRU) and transport buyers.

Phuriwat Rak-Intr, Retail Operations Director of Scania Siam explained, “2017 is a year of celebration for Scania, with the company not only marking its’ 30th year of operations in Thailand, but also its’ 125th year on the international stage. What better way to celebrate this, than with the biennial Scania Driver Competitions Thailand, with almost 3,000 drivers participating.”

Thasanan Piya-aksornsak, Marketing and Communications Manager of Scania Siam further clarified, “The Scania Driver Competitions Thailand 2017” is the initiative of  Scania Siam Co., Ltd., official partners of the Department of Land Transport, the Anti-Drowsy Driving Fund, the Ramathibodi Foundation under the Patronage to Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana and the ID Driver Institution. The Official sponsor is Michelin Siam Co. Ltd., with the competition designed to establish the most professional and socially responsible drivers of both trucks and buses, under the concept of Face the Challenge, theme “The 4 Ds.” are  1) Dare to be (a true professional) 2) Dare to change (towards better attitudes) 3) Dare to do (to do better things) 4) Dare to give (back to society)."

The truck category champion and was won fuel efficiency by Chatchawan Thongchai, Pongravee Co., Ltd who received 100,000 baht in cash, a Challenge Trophy and certificate. “I’m very happy and proud in my career and thank you to Scania for organize great activity for driver to have opportunity to increasing driver skill”.

The bus category champion and was won by Narasak Karnchanapan, Rich and Best Travel Co., Ltd who received 100,000 baht in cash, a Challenge Trophy and certificate. “I can increasing my skill in road safety, fuel economy and friends from this event and want Scania to continue the great event”.