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Polish victory in Scania Young European Truck Driver 2007 0

Polish victory in Scania Young European Truck Driver 2007

Young European Truck Driver (YETD) is a part of the global initiative set up by Scania in 2003 to promote responsible driving, highlight road safety and attract more young drivers into the profession. Marek Szerenos will now become an ambassador for the truck driver profession and a role model for other drivers. Tom Sharkey from Ireland was runner up in the competition and Milan Jak bek from Slovakia came third.

This is a big thing that has happened to me. I feel as happy and proud as I did when my children were born, said Marek Szerenos just after he had been awarded winner by Scania s President and CEO Leif stling. On a serious note, road safety is so important to me in my job and I am proud to become a role model to other young aspiring truck drivers.

The road to the final wasn t easy for Marek Szerenos not only did he have to come through an initial qualifying round and then regional heat in his own country, he also had to battle it out with ten other truck drivers in the Polish national final. In total over 16,000 young truck drivers under the age of 35 entered the competition from 27 European countries. The tests at the final included defensive and fuel-economy driving, cargo securing, test before driving and safety manoeuvring.

The drivers had to prove they had the skills and attitude of a responsible driver of heavy trucks and complete a range of complex manoeuvring tests and obstacles. “Marek Szerenos has made a fantastic achievement. Not only has he won a new Scania truck, he is now an ambassador for the profession and a role model to aspiring young drivers throughout Europe. All the competitors who took part in the YETD 2007 final should be proud of their achievements and the final congratulations go to Marek Szerenos, says Cecilia Edstr m, Senior Vice President and head of Scania Corporate Relations.

The driver is absolutely the most important factor in heavy vehicle transport services. Vehicles and infrastructure are obviously of major significance, but road safety is primarily a matter of human behaviour. Through these competitions, we want to help raise the status of professional drivers and emphasise their great importance to both road safety and the profitability of transport companies.

We want to help attract more young, capable drivers into the transport business, says Cecilia Edstr m. Young European Truck Driver started in 2003 and is held every two years. Contestants may be no more than 35 years old.

With more than 300,000 trucks on European roads, road safety is a high-priority area in all of Scania’s operations. The company supports the aims of the United Nations’ “World Report on Road Traffic Injury Prevention” and the European Commission’s goal of halving the number of traffic fatalities in the EU by 2010. In addition to training drivers, Scania works to raise road safety awareness among the public, legislators and customers.

Road safety is also a high priority in Scania’s research and development, which focuses on technology that helps drivers to make the right decisions. Scania’s Young European Truck Driver initiative has the endorsement of the European Commission and the International Road Transport Union (IRU). Its sponsors are Michelin and Shell.

Scania is also running similar competitions in Latin America, as well as in Africa and Asia. Photos from the final are available on Scania s homepage. For further information, please contact: Hans- ke Danielsson: +46 (0)8-553 85662, +46 (0)70-346 8811 Scania is one of the world s leading manufacturers of trucks and buses for heavy transport applications, and of industrial and marine engines.

A growing proportion of the company s operations consists of products and services in the financial and service sectors, assuring Scania customers of cost-effective transport solutions and maximum uptime. Employing 32,800 people, Scania operates in about 100 countries. Research and development activities are concentrated in Sweden, while production takes place in Europe and South America, with facilities for global interchange of both components and complete vehicles.

In 2006, invoiced sales totalled SEK 70.7 billion and the net income amounted to SEK 5.9 billion.

Scania press releases are available on the Internet at www.scania.com

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Mexican Truckers stage work stoppage   Close down major highways 0

Mexican Truckers stage work stoppage Close down major highways

It s well known within the US trucking industry that if you get 10 truck drivers together, they won t be able to agree on the time of day, much less do something about it. Not so in Mexico where this morning more than 20,000 Mexican truck drivers took to the roads to protest against broken promises made to the by the Mexican government. On May 1st of this year, Rafael Ortiz, head of the Mexican Alliance Carriers Organization (AMOTAC) had announce a Mayday protest that would involve more than 80,000 truckers from across Mexico.

Their grievances included a protest against a bill that was going through the Mexican Congress that would ban trucks more than 20 years old from being in operation. It would also ban passenger buses more than 15 years old from being used in interstate commerce. While a small government backed credit is proposed to assist in purchasing newer replacement units, Ortiz said even with the certificate in hand, it does not guarantee credit approval as it is difficult to meet creditworthiness and income verification.

Another grievance they had concerned SCT NOM-012 which deals with weights and measures in Mexico. Specifically, the truckers are demanding an end to the double trailer rigs which are allowed to carry up to 180,000 pounds. They also demanded a stop to the harassment by Federal Police where a contempt citation is commonplace and is an offense which oftentimes lands the driver in prison.

Negotiations with the Mexican government prevented the Mayday strike, but the promises weren t kept, so this morning at 0800, the truckers took to the highways and byways of Mexico to let the government know they meant business. Once again, Rafael Ortiz Pacheco, national leader of the AMOTAC stated, Our demands are still the same. We re opposed to the fulles (double trailers) the unsubsidized fuel and the extortion by the Federal Police Highways effected included Mexico-Pachuca, Mexico-Queretaro, Mexico-Puebla and avenues Lopez Portillo, Gustavo Baz, Peripheral, Via Morelos, Ignacio Zaragoza, among others.

No word yet if the administration of Enrique Pena Nieta is going to meet with the truckers and do the right thing by them, but unlike our US truckers, the Mexicans showed solidarity in their cause to get their point across.

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