A TNT driver from Heathridge in Perth, Melvin Carpenter, has won the national final of the TNT Drive Me challenge, beating six other competitors from across Australia. He will now represent Australia in the global Drive Me challenge final in Amsterdam on October 6. This is the first year that TNT Australia has participated in the global event.
This year, approximately 200 Australian drivers participated in the challenge, with 20,000 drivers from 16 countries also taking part.
The aim of the Drive Me challenge is to test Pick Up and Delivery (PUD) drivers on their driving accuracy and customer service.
TNT Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands Managing Director, Bob Black, said that the Drive Me challenge reinforced TNT’s core business values and its ‘sure we can’ attitude.
“The Drive Me challenge engages TNT drivers around the world each year and assesses fuel efficiency, safe driving and customer service skills. Encouraging the right driver behaviour can significantly reduce CO2 emissions by consuming less fuel.
“We can also greatly reduce road traffic accidents while providing an excellent customer experience.
“We were extremely impressed by the level of skill and commitment to customer service that our drivers have shown during the Drive Me challenge.”
Bob added that Melvin’s customer service had been outstanding, and would make him a great ambassador for Australia during the global Drive Me challenge.
Melvin said his win had taken him completely by surprise. “None of this has sunk in yet. I am so proud to have the opportunity to represent Australia.”
Other participating countries competing in the Drive Me challenge final include South Africa, Chile, Italy, France, UK, Germany, the Benelux group of countries and China.