Truck­ies vie for the Volvo crown

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POLAND’S Piotr Kra­hel was crowned the win­ner of the 2018 Volvo Trucks Driver Chal­lenge 2018.

The com­pe­ti­tion, which took place in Gothen­burg on Septem­ber 13 and 14, in­volved more chal­lenges than ever and at­tracted pro­fes­sional driv­ers from 33 coun­tries.

Volvo Trucks SVP Brand mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tion of­fi­cer Maria Bergv­ing said the event brought to­gether chal­lenges truck driv­ers faced ev­ery day.

The com­pe­ti­tion took place for the sixth time and this year it fo­cused on three ar­eas: fuel ef­fi­ciency, pro­duc­tiv­ity and safety.

Aus­tralia was rep­re­sented by Phillip Crowe, of To­tal Con­crete So­lu­tions.

“This was my first time out of Aus­tralia and it was a great ex­pe­ri­ence,” Mr Crowe said.

“I thor­oughly en­joyed be­ing a part of the Volvo Trucks Driver Chal­lenge and par­tic­u­larly like the fo­cus it puts on pro­fes­sional and fuel-ef­fi­cient driv­ing.

“It is ex­tremely im­por­tant to have train­ing from the very be­gin­ning to al­low driv­ers to start off on the right foot.

“There is not enough pro­fes­sion­al­ism in the in­dus­try these days.

“There needs to be a cul­tural change and a fo­cus on long-term skills de­vel­op­ment.”

PHOTO: VOLVO

GREAT COM­PE­TI­TION: 33 coun­tries com­peted in Volvo Group's com­pe­ti­tion to find the “world’s best” driver.

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