Call to nominate top drivers
Hall of Fame for responsible truckers
ARE your drivers worthy of Hall of Fame honour?
There’s R20 000 to be won by the commercial vehicle driver judged to be South Africa’s best.
Road safety is an integral part of transport operations and, with this in mind, MasterDrive — in association with TruckX 2017 — launched a Hall of Fame initiative to honour the country’s top commercial truck drivers.
Eugene Herbert, managing director of MasterDrive, one of South Africa’s top driving academies, says driver behaviour significantly influences risk management. Traffic accidents cost South Africa about R300 billion annually.
“By working to elevate levels of road safety and encouraging drivers to set good examples to others, accident rates could be significantly reduced,” he says.
The aim of the Hall of Fame is to recognise and reward drivers who adhere to traffic regulations; who drive responsibly and safely; and set good examples for their peers and other road users.
“It’s up to employers at transport companies to nominate them,” says Herbert. “They know who their best drivers are — the men and women who they can rely on to always drive safely, courteously and responsibly. We want to recognise and reward those heroes.”
Drivers inducted will be awarded certificates at the TruckX 2017 Conference and Expo to be held on July 12 and 13 at Kyalami Race Track, in Johannesburg, with the driver judged the best in terms of an assessment by MasterDrive winning R20 000.
Bert Koning, founder of BK driver training, told Wheels welcomed the Hall of Fame initiaitve, saying any recognition and reward for good truck driving was welcome in South Africa.
Driver trainer at Clover in KZN, Welcome Ndlovu, also welcomed the Hall of Fame for truck drivers, and said he would nominate several of his drivers from Clover’s pool of drivers, such as Alfred Ngilo, who last year represented South Africa against other UD drivers in Japan.
Rowlands Peters, head of the Daimler FleetBoard, said this telematics programme supports fleet operators to manage their vehicles more economically. In practice, this translates into fuel savings of up to 15% and optimised vehicle and trip utilisation, and provides an ideal platform for fleet operators to nominate top drivers for the Hall of Fame.
KZN’s Bert Koning of BK Driver Training, Paulus Mkhize, top driver at Willowton Logistics, and Cornelius Koekemoer, top 2016 Fleetboard diesel mechanic at Andersons Trucking depot in Pietermaritzburg, are all good candidates for the new trucking Hall of Fame.