Scania launches its driver competition

Shah Alam, 6 June 2013 – Scania Driver Competitions (SDC) 2013 is making a major comeback in Malaysia with more stringent entrance requirements and tougher competition standards ever. The Scania Driver Competitions are held bi-annually to seek out the finest professional drivers of both trucks and buses in the world.

“One of SDC 2013’s key objectives is to elevate the status of truck and bus drivers in Malaysia. Scania has always believed that drivers are the single most important asset for safety, fuel economy and environmentally friendly driving. Such skilled and committed drivers will not only deliver energy efficient transport and reduce emissions, but also contribute towards safer roads and profitability to the transport business. With this in mind, we have organised the most extensive and demanding truck and bus driver competition thus far in Malaysia,” said Idros Puteh, General Manager of Scania (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd.

Entering its 3rd local edition, Scania Driver Competition is well-supported by Malaysia’s public sector organizations including Road Safety Department of Malaysia (JKJR), Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) and Malaysian Royal Police (PDRM). Global tyre manufacturer Michelin is the main sponsors for SDC 2013, thus further endorsing Scania Malaysia’s effort to promote safe driving and fuel economy driving among truck and bus drivers nationwide.

The Scania Driver Competition is open to all Malaysians who are registered as Scania truck and bus drivers in their respective companies. To qualify for the competition, entrants must first complete a theory test comprising 20 multiple choice and two subjective questions which cover four major areas: local transportation laws and regulations; fuel-efficient and safe driving techniques; knowledge in occupational risks and health; and emergency response which covers one’s ability to assess emergency situations and act on the scene of an accident.

Only 10 participants— five each for bus and truck categories, respectively—will be selected for the competition finals on 28 September 2013 to be held at Scania’s headquarters in Bukit Jelutong. The Scania Driver Competitions 2013 finals will test the 10 finalists on technical knowledge, defensive and economy driving and precision manoeuvring skills. Other tests which are expected to push the limits of Malaysia’s best drivers include Reverse slalom, L-Reverse and exit, Oil barrels, Knock the King and Bull’s eye.

Attractive prizes will be awarded to both the best driver as well as the company they represent. The grand champion stands to win RM10,000 worth in cash and vouchers, a championship trophy and achievement certificate. The company which the winner represents will be awarded with RM5,000 worth of Scania service and maintenance vouchers.

Initiated in 2003, the Scania Driver Competitions were originally held in Europe and have since expanded globally, evolving into challenging events that highlight the importance of drivers’ skills, as well as driver training and development to enhance road safety awareness and proficient eco-driving. Scania Driver Competitions are currently held in more than 40 countries all over the world and will continue throughout 2013. Scania has already crowned Thailand’s best truck and bus driver last year.

Schedule of Events:
•    Preliminary round: Applications and theory tests up to 31st July 2013
•    Results will be announced on 23rd August 2013
•    Final round: Driving skill competitions on 28th Sept 2013

For more information about Scania Driver Competitions 2013, kindly call Scania Malaysia headquarters at 03-7845 1000 or drop by Scania Drivers Lounge at the Malaysian International Bus, Truck and Components (MIBTC) Expo 2013 at the Mines International Exhibition and Convention Centre from 13th to 15th of June 2013.

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