Unique skills contest held by TNT Express

TNT Express has held the final of its annual ‘Drive Me Challenge’ eco-driving competition in Duiven, the Netherlands. The Drive Me Challenge encourages safe and fuel-efficient driving practices among TNT Express drivers from around Europe. For the first time in its seven year history, the competition also tested the skills of both forklift and delivery drivers.

The best TNT Express drivers from thirteen countries participated in the Drive Me Challenge which simulated a typical day on the job. This involved collecting and delivering parcels on time and in perfect condition, regardless of traffic conditions.

The Challenge commenced with a Le Mans start where each team of driver and co-driver ran to their van. A forklift driver then loaded a pallet with a bucket of water into the vehicle. Each team scored points for speed and the amount of water remaining after the drive. After completion of three laps over a total distance of 31 km, each team is evaluated on four criteria: road safety and health, customer experience, fuel efficiency and speed.

“The Drive Me Challenge allows drivers to measure themselves against colleagues from other countries and to become ambassadors of good driving,” said Bas Janssen, Managing Director- Express Road Network. “The event has proved a popular way to support our fuel efficiency efforts. The Challenge is closely linked to our real life experience of delivering express shipments on time, in a sustainable, safe and customer-friendly way.”

In recognition of their critical role, this year’s Drive Me Challenge included a competition for forklift drivers. This profession demands the speed of a sprinter combined with the precision of a watchmaker. Each driver was required to complete three exercises: one with transport boxes/cages, another with pallets and a third with a long load. All drivers also completed a health and safety survey.

The Drive Me Challenge is organised with Fleet Forum, TNT Express’ partner in improving driver health, fuel efficiency and safety. Opel provided the 15 Opel Movano Vans that were be used during the Challenge while Toyota provided 6 forklift trucks. Lysanda provided the onboard telematics to analyse the driver’s fuel efficiency.

The overall winner was Sandra Konradt of The Netherlands who was the only female driver of the 13 participating countries and was the most fuel efficient driver and number one in manoeuvres and customer experience.

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