Drivers may be nominated or enter themselves, though all are required to undertake a demanding on-line questionnaire before a final shortlist of 20 selected drivers is drawn-up. Online entry will be available at www.daf.co.uk/thechallenge from Monday 12th February. Prompted by the daring question ‘have you got what it takes?’, DAF Transport Efficiency Driver Challenge 2018 is already preparing to evaluate hundreds of candidates.
Those shortlisted will participate in a series of challenging practical and knowledge-based assessments centred around a two-day, live event at the Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire in May. The winning driver will be crowned as the DAF Transport Efficiency Driver Challenge Champion 2018, and will follow in the footsteps of 2016’s victor, Paul Barlow of Severn Trent Water. Speaking after his win, Paul said, “I knew it was going to be tough, but I didn’t expect it to be quite so comprehensive – every aspect of the job came under scrutiny. DAF Trucks’ organisers weren’t joking when they said they wanted to find someone with the whole package.”
To compete in the DAF Transport Efficiency Driver Challenge 2018, drivers are expected to exhibit impeccable levels of:
• Driving style, performance and efficiency across different sizes of truck and driving conditions.
• Road knowledge, legislation and the Highway Code.
• Vehicle knowledge, defect reporting and pre-use checks.
The DAF Transport Efficiency Driver Challenge 2018 is being rolled out across the UK and is open to any driver with a clean C+E Licence, a Driver Card and a Driver CPC. To truly maximise the potential of identifying the nation’s elite drivers, the Challenge is also open to non-DAF drivers. Candidates must enter by visiting www.daf.co.uk/thechallenge. Entrants will then be required to complete an on-line questionnaire covering truck- and transport-related topics.