UD Trucks and its sole distributor in Malaysia, Tan Chong Industrial Equipment (TCIE), have teamed up to organise the UD Trucks Extra Mile Challenge (UDEMC) drivers’ competition.
The competition is aimed at increasing drivers’ competency by improving their driving skills and knowledge on how to maximise the capability of a UD Quester heavy-duty truck.
According to UD Trucks, the UDEMC is organised as a competition that delivers multi-faceted advantages to both the truck drivers and UD Quester fleet owners.
Besides being about driving skills, the competition guides drivers on how to maximise the innovative features of a UD Quester truck in order to achieve the highest truck uptime and reduce operational cost.
Last year’s competition saw Malaysian truck driver, Yuzairi Ibrahim from ASAC Logistics Sdn Bhd, representing the country in the global championship in Japan, where he clinched top place after displacing winners from other countries.
Looking to find another outstanding Malaysian driver who can potentially continue the country’s winning streak at the global arena again this year, the organisers have expanded the scale of the competition by opening it up to all drivers of UD Quester and making it more accessible by running pre-selection rounds at three different locations.
Kicking off the competition, the first of the three pre-selection rounds was held on July 8 in TCIE Batu Caves, and the other two pre-selection rounds will take place at Bukit Mertajam, Penang on July 15 and Johor Bahru, Johor on July 22.
“The UDEMC is based on UD Trucks’ brand promise of ‘going the extra mile’, as represented by our company values and quality products and services.
“It enables drivers of UD trucks to deepen their skills in maintaining vehicle uptime, thus improving their professional ability and offering them a role in propelling Malaysia’s truck industry,” said UD Trucks Malaysia sales director Naoki Kobayashi.
He added that the comprehensive approach of the competition also teaches drivers all about fuel-efficient driving techniques and behaviors, and overall, the competition targets to enhance drivers’ skills and increase their confidence, thus enabling them to perform their jobs effectively.
TCIE has gathered registration from close to 25 UD Quester truck drivers from all over Malaysia for the pre-selection rounds of the competition so far.
“As the exclusive and authorised distributor of UD Trucks in Malaysia, TCIE believes that apart from selling trucks, aftermarket services are equally important.
“Thus, the UDEMC is an excellent platform to demonstrate to our customers the extension of our services catered to helping them get the most efficiency out of their trucks and drivers,” said TCIE chief executive officer Wong King Yoon.
He also said when employers have good and skilled drivers as well as dependable trucks, they will often also be able to effectively reduce their operational costs.
The Extra Mile Challenge comprises several elements which include pre-inspection, fuel efficiency and safety, and drivability.
During the pre-selection stage of the competition, drivers were given a presentation on competition concept, rules, scoring and how they can maintain truck uptime.
Following that, they were tested on pre-inspection and theory test to assess their knowledge and skills, and a total of 10 drivers who scored the highest points qualified for the Malaysia Final on September 30.
The winner of the competition will get to win an all-expense paid trip to Japan to represent Malaysia in the UDEMC Global Final 2017, Quester Parts Voucher worth RM2,000, and an exclusive driver training session for all drivers employed by the winner’s company.
“It was a priceless experience for me to be able to take part in last year’s UDEMC event and to win the global championship in Japan.
“The experience was a milestone in my career and it has certainly increased my level of confidence as a truck driver,” shared Yuzairi.
His employer believes UDEMC is a great platform for enhancing the capabilities and efficiency of truck drivers, as well as to keep them motivated on the job.
During the final round of the competition, all participants will also be assessed based on overall best scoring of Best Pre-Drive Inspection, Best Fuel Consumption and Best Driving Skill, in which the winner of each category will also receive an award.
In conjunction with the UDEMC, TCIE is offering attractive rebates for UD Quester models where customers who purchase new units of Quester will be entitled to free first year service or five times maintenance service on labor and parts, whichever comes first and a two-year warranty or up to 200,000km, whichever comes first, available from now to September 30.