Green light for Scania Driver Competitions in Europe
Scania welcomes truck drivers of all ages to compete and show their skills against fellow drivers in Scania Driver Competitions (SDC) 2018-19. Starting in July with theory tests, the aim is to attract participants from more than 30 European countries in the battle for the grand prize – a new Scania truck of the winner’s choice.
During this autumn and into spring, regional and national rounds of the practical tests will take place. “Scania strives to deliver sustainable transport solutions, and the focus on the driver is increasingly important”, says Erik Ljungberg, Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Relations at Scania in Södertälje.
For Scania, the driver is the single most important asset for road safety and transport economy. Focus areas for SDC are the environment, safety and fuel economy, as well as attractingthe next generation of drivers. “We have always sought to arrange competition exercises which measure skills that are valuable to the transport profession. Fuel economy, safety and manoeuvring are all things that the winner has to master in order to win Scania Driver Competitions.”
This year, the previous age limit, which permitteddrivers up to 35 yearsold,has been removed, and we welcome all Scania truck drivers,no matter their age. What is also new is that drivers now have the opportunity to qualify for the competitions through driver performance over time, as monitored by the Scania Fleet Management Services (FMS).
Participants will be required to demonstrate their skills in defensive driving, fuel-efficientdriving, check before driving, cargo securing, as well as fire and rescue. They also need to show their ability through various exercises, including the boardwalk, knock the king, reverse z/super z and the new water challenge.
“These challenges will prove hard, even for a skilled driver. Scania rewards accuracy and good judgement above speed and the competitions are all about maintaining a consistently superior standard”, says Ljungberg.
The European final will be held in Södertälje on 25 May 2019.
Scania is a world-leading provider of transport solutions. Together with our partners and customers we are driving the shift towards a sustainable transport system. In 2017, we delivered 82,500 trucks, 8,300 buses as well as 8,500 industrial and marine engines to our customers. Net sales totalled nearly SEK 120 billion, of which about 20 percent were services-related. Founded in 1891, Scania now operates in more than 100 countries and employs some 49,300 people. Research and development are concentrated in Sweden, with branches in Brazil and India. Production takes place in Europe, Latin America and Asia, with regional production centres in Africa, Asia and Eurasia. Scania is part of Volkswagen Truck & Bus GmbH. For more information visit: www.scania.com.