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Fuelwatch Challenge returns for the sixth time as Volvo Trucks goes on a nationwide roadshow to search for this year’s most fuel efficient trucker.
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SHAH ALAM, March 31, 2015 :
VOLVO Trucks is bringing back the local edition of the Volvo Fuelwatch Challenge for the 6th time this year, with a series of nationwide roadshows from April 9 to June 7 to scout for the most fuel efficient and skilled truck driver in Malaysia.
A global initiative held annually, the Volvo Fuelwatch Challenge is missioned to educate drivers, fleet managers, customers and other stakeholders about the importance of good driving practices to improve fuel efficiency, reduce cost and increase profitability, as well as increasing awareness on safety.
“Although fuel prices have shown a dip in recent months, we do not expect the prices to remain low in the long run. With dwindling fossil fuel supply, prices are expected to rise over time and this can pose a heavy burden for many haulage companies and affect their business bottom line. Thus, the Fuelwatch concept was created as a platform to help our customers address this issue by teaching and encouraging the companies’ truck drivers to adopt a more fuel-efficient way of driving”
“The Fuelwatch Challenge has become increasingly popular with more than 800 truck drivers taking part in last year’s competition. Held in a fun competition format, it supports and complements our ongoing Driver Development Programme which is designed to train and develop fully competent drivers on aspects of technical skills and safe driving behaviour,” said Volvo Malaysia managing director Matts Nilsson.
Comprising exercises on concepts such as truck optimisation and maintenance, fuel efficient driving and safe driving behaviour, the Fuelwatch Challenge consists of a paper-based test at the preliminary rounds to be held at Volvo Trucks’ 8 dealership locations across Malaysia.
The winners will then convene for a real driving challenge at the semi-final and final rounds here to compete for the national championship title.
Nilsson also said that both the Fuelwatch Challenge and the Driver Development Programme reflect on the company’s efforts and commitment in going beyond truck sales and services to shape a more robust trucking industry in Malaysia.
Through these platforms that coach drivers on fuel economy and good driving behavior, Volvo aims to help companies reduce truck operating costs, accidents and environmental impact.
The preliminary rounds of the Fuelwatch Challenge in previous years were held at six of its 11 dealership locations nationwide and drivers were encouraged to pre-register to participate.
This year, Volvo Trucks expects a higher number of driver participation as a result of increased interest over the years.
With this in mind, two additional dealership locations – Ipoh and Kota Kinabalu – have been added to the preliminary round and which will make participating in the competition even easier for drivers in the Northern Region as well as in East Malaysia.
There will also be a Fuelwatch Challenge exhibition trailer making a stop at each of the 8 dealership locations when the preliminary rounds take place to enable drivers to register and participate on the spot.
There will be 12 sessions between 9am to 5pm where drivers can register and take the paper-based test to qualify for the semi-finals. The multiple sessions in a day aim to give the truck drivers flexibility and the chance to participate as they are often tied to a fixed road trip schedule.
The 20 shortlisted drivers who qualify for the semi-final rounds will need to undergo a more intensive Driver Development Programme before that to sharpen their skills and knowledge on proper driving methods, ways to save fuel and safety skills.
The Fuelwatch Challenge offers winning prizes of up to RM70,000 to be won by both the driver and the company the driver represents.
The national champion stands a chance to fly abroad and participate in the Asia Pacific and World championships. So far, Volvo Trucks has sponsored 4 Malaysian truck drivers who competed in the global level of the competition held overseas.
The semi-finals will be held on Aug 14 and the finals on Aug 15. Both events will take place in Shah Alam.
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