Call to nom­i­nate top driv­ers

Hall of Fame for re­spon­si­ble truck­ers

The Witness - Wheels - - FRONT PAGE - • To nom­i­nate the driv­ers you think are wor­thy of TruckX Hall of Fame sta­tus, click on www.truckx.co.za. • Call 086 110 0618 for more. SA­MAN­THA GREATHEAD

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.

PHOTO: ALWYN VILJOEN

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.

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