UD Trucks 'challenges' drivers’ competency

UD Trucks and its long-standing sole distributor partner in Malaysia, Tan Chong Industrial Equipment (TCIE), have teamed up to organise the UD Trucks Extra Mile Challenge (UDEMC) drivers’ competition, aimed at increasing competency by improving their driving skills and knowledge on how to maximise the capability of a UD Quester heavy-duty truck.

The UDEMC is the first skills-based competition for truck drivers organised by a Japanese truck brand in Malaysia, in partnership with TCIE. 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 victoriously clinched the 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 for them to participate by running the pre-selection rounds at three different locations.

Kicking off the competition, the first of the three pre-selection rounds was held on July 8 at TCIE Batu Caves, as the organisers began their search for Malaysia’s most efficient and passionate UD Quester truck driver who can best exemplify the brand values and spirit of UD Trucks. The other two pre-selection rounds will take place in Bukit Mertajam, Penang on July 15 and in Johor Baru 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 Naoki Kobayashi, sales director of UD Trucks Malaysia.

“The comprehensive approach of the competition also teaches drivers all about fuel-efficient driving techniques and behaviors. Overall, the competition targets to enhance drivers’ skills and increase their confidence, thus enabling them to perform their jobs effectively,” he added.

TCIE has gathered registration from close to 25 enthusiastic UD Quester truck drivers from all over Malaysia for the pre-selection rounds of the competition, as everyone vies for a chance to be the next Malaysian champion of UDEMC.

“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 Wong King Yoon, CEO of TCIE.

He added that when employers have good and skilled drivers and dependable trucks, they often enough will be able to effectively reduce their operational costs as well.

The Extra Mile Challenge comprises several elements which include pre-inspection, fuel efficiency and safety, and drivability. Ultimately, all these elements aim to improve driving skills, and reduce costs and downtime. 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. A total of 10 drivers who scored the highest points will qualify for the Malaysia Final on Sept 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.

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). This exclusive Quester promotion is available from now until Sept 30.

For more information on TCIE and UD Trucks, call 03-61899832.