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Published on July 28th, 2017 | by Subhash Nair

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Volvo Trucks Malaysia Once Again Hosts Annual Fuelwatch Challenge

Volvo Trucks Malaysia’s annual Fuelwatch Challenge, which first started in 2010, has returned for the 8th time this year and has so far mentored more than 4,450 truck drivers from all over the country on how to enhance their driving competency and behaviour to be more fuel efficent and safer drivers on the roads.

Out of this, seven lucky Malaysian truck drivers who scored the highest in the nationwide preliminary rounds will be given the opportunity to compete against one another in a fuel efficiency test in the Fuelwatch Challenge Malaysia Finals. The winning champion will then participate in the Drivers Fuel Challenge – World Final in Sweden that judges and more importantly, teaches skill, concentration, knowledge, and discipline.

The competition, which first started in Europe as a concept for achieving maximum efficiency, is moduled based on local market demands and industry landscape, where for Malaysia it will mainly concentrate on three key areas; Driver Development, Fuel Maintenance and Dynafleet or Telematics.

This year’s competition has kicked-off with preliminary rounds already held in Johor Bahru on 25th July, and Kuantan and Kuching on 27 July. The other five locations include Ipoh on 1st August, Bintulu on 2nd August, Prai on 3rd August, Port Klang on 5th August and Kota Kinabalu on 6th August. The competition is open to all drivers of Volvo trucks.

Volvo Trucks Malaysia will be making this year’s competition more interesting with the addition of three things. Firstly, Volvo Trucks will be including in the competition, an oral communication assessment for truck drivers as a value-add and to increase their confidence.

Secondly, it will be incorporating a live demonstration of the Driver Coaching feature using Volvo Trucks’ proprietary telematics system, Dynafleet. Here, the driver will be coached in real time from inside the truck’s cab using the secondary screen, supported by Volvo Trucks’ in-house driver trainer who will explain to the truck driver information on the printed reports and how to improve.

Thirdly, Volvo Trucks is planning to use its recently launched and highly powerful flagship heavy-duty long-haul truck, Volvo FH, for the final round of the competition.

All participants in the preliminary rounds will need to undergo a briefing and a written test to prepare and qualify them for the final stage of the competition, where only seven will qualify for the final round to be held in Shah Alam on 25th and 26th August 2017. Prior to that, these seven finalists will have to undergo a training session before the actual day of the final competition. The local champion will represent Malaysia at the global championship in Sweden from 18th to 22nd September 2017.

Companies who are interested to enrol their drivers can do so online via http://bit.ly/2rULuzV or contact Volvo Trucks Malaysia’s Customer Care Service at 012-373 1030 and 019-240 1030. They can also visit www.volvotrucks.com.my or www.facebook.com/VolvoTrucksMalaysia for more information.


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