Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) Commercial Vehicles recently held a Truck Drivers’ League Competition for domestic commercial vehicle drivers. The MBM Commercial Vehicles Truck Drivers’ League, held every two years, provides a valuable platform for Mercedes-Benz ACTROS drivers to hone their driving skills and compete in this one-of-a-kind event. A prize ceremony was held at the Saujana Hotel in Shah Alam for the Grand Final winners.
First held in 2012, the Truck Drivers’ League is open to all drivers in the employ of ACTROS customers. As many as 120 participants signed up for the league to hone their maintenance, upkeep, safety and economical driving skills. Participants completed a series of qualifying rounds which comprised of theory and practical tests before making it through to the Grand Final.
In the Grand Finals, Khairul Azhar bin Samaron of Landbridge Haulage emerged the grand winner, showcasing skilled mastery of impressive driving techniques and exhibiting vast technical vehicle knowledge. For his outstanding skills, Khairul Azhar won an exclusive trip to the International Motor Show (IAA) in Hannover, Germany, RM5,000 in cash, and his employer, Landbridge Haulage, will receive parts and service vouchers worth RM10,000.
Meanwhile, Asis bin Haling of Broadlink Haulage and Mohamad Firdaus Bin Sareh Zainol Abidin of Swift Haulage were named first and second runner-up, receiving RM8,000 and RM5,000 cash prizes and RM7,000 and RM5,000 parts and service vouchers for Broadlink Haulage and Swift Haulage respectively. Two consolation prizes of cash, parts and service vouchers valued at RM5,000 and RM3,500 were also presented.
Held within the same period, MBM Commercial Vehicles organized the 2016 Skills Competition Commercial Vehicles. It is thefirstever standalone skills competition for commercial vehicles aimed to inspire its after-sales personnel to continue learning and improving in line with the Mercedes-Benz training philosophy of life-long learning. The competition attracted 39 qualified technicians from Mercedes-Benz Malaysia’s dealerships nationwide, testing their skills and technical knowledge to win a total of RM31,000 in cash prizes.
Over a four-month period, qualified system technicians and qualified maintenance technicians were assessed on theory and practical tests that incorporated drive train, chassis, body-electrical and non-technical aspects involving Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Commercial Vehicles. Adhering to Mercedes-Benz highest standards of quality, the participants were evaluated by a team of Daimler AG-certified trainers and area-specific experts. In the end, Muhamad Syamim bin Othman from Cycle & Carriage Bintang Johor Bahru emerged victorious in the Qualified System Technicians’ category, bagging a cash prize of RM7,500. The first and second runner-up positions went to Saharudin bin Ahmad from Cycle & Carriage Bintang Perak and Kenny George from Hap Seng Commercial Vehicles Kota Kinabalu, who won RM5,000 and RM3,500 respectively.
Under the Qualified Maintenance Technicians’ category, Muhammad Aizat bin Baharim from Q-Team took first place, winning RM 5,000 in cash. Mohd Syafiq bin Mohd Sharif from Hap Seng Commercial Vehicles Kuantan and Victor Using from Rick Huat Workshop were named first and second runner-up, receiving cash prizes worth RM3,500 and RM2,500, respectively.