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UD Trucks recognises ultimate driver

The Extra Mile Challenge 2018 winner has been crowned by UD Trucks at Ageo, Japan, the corporate headquarters of the commercial vehicle manufacturer.

Nine finalists competed in the event at the UD Experience Center in the annual competition assessing driver operation across pre-driving inspection, fuel efficiency and safe driving, manoeuvring and parking in Quon and Quester heavy vehicles.

Finalists were selected from 300 initial participants competing in local qualifying rounds in Japan, Australia, Singapore, South Africa, Indonesia, Malaysia, Qatar and Thailand.

Mohd Hisham at BHS Kinetic from Singapore was judged the winner in the Quon while in the Quester category Eko Yulianto at PT Duta Lintas Nusa from Indonesia took home top honours.

According to UD Trucks, the Extra Mile Challenge remains a search to find the ultimate driver as it measures effectiveness in operational cost and reduced downtime in addition to safe and skilled driving.

As part of its ongoing commitment to smart logistics, the company holds a view that people and logistics are dependent upon each other in a harmonic relationship.

Kishi Nobuhiko, UD Trucks Senior Vice President, Brand, Communication and Products said further efficiency in distribution is essential to meet the rapidly growing demand for parcel delivery.

“Competition in the distribution sector is also becoming more intense while at the same time there is a severe labor shortage, particularly of skilled drivers,” he said.

“Despite those challenges, we have to be ever mindful of environmental issues, congestion and safety.”

“This is why we say the world needs smart logistics which is efficient and profitable, safe and sustainable, and people friendly logistics.”

Mohd Hisham said he has been focused on the Extra Mile Challenge for the past year.

“It’s been a tremendous experience,” said Hisham. “I’ve learnt so much about fuel consumption, about protecting cargo.”

Eko Yulianto said he was honoured by the recognition.

“I think the key to success is to remain calm during the activity. If you are not calm you can make mistakes even if you’re a good driver. I am very confident and mentally ready, but I’m not perfect,” he said.

“I know I have to keep striving. I still have a way to go to become the ultimate driver.”

According to Takamitsu Sakamaki, UD Trucks President, trucks and the people who drive them represent the interface between smart logistics and society.

“That’s why we support driver development with initiatives such as today’s Extra Mile Challenge, to raise their awareness of what is essential for the ultimate driver.”

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