One all along thought that
Indian bus and truck drivers were uncouth, brash and drove recklessly. Well,
there is one out there who will make this Indian trucking community proud. His
name is Ravi Poleboina and he is an Indian Volvo truck driver who has been awarded
the most fuel-efficient driver in the off-road segment at the Volvo Trucks Asia
Pacific Fuelwatch Challenge 2015.
We always prided ourselves in
Make in India products....but now we have every reason to be proud of the Born
in India tag and be proud of the Indian driver who drove amazingly well
to achieve great fuel efficiency for the Volvo truck he drove.
If Poleboina has done the
Indian trucking community proud there is another person who has done the global
female community proud. How often have we blamed female drivers for being
incompetent and rash when it came to driving? Now you can put that through too
at rest because following an inspiring performance at the grand final in the
Thai city of Hua Hin, Louise Marriott from New Zealand was announced the most
fuel-efficient driver in the on-road category. Ms. Marriott became the first
female driver in the competition’s illustrious history to achieve a podium
finish at the event. In addition to being the first female driver, Ms. Marriott
was also the first representative from New Zealand to attain the top prize at
the Fuelwatch Challenge.
The competition, recognised as
an annual mainstay event in the industry, embodies the company’s Fuelwatch
mission towards a fuel-efficient industry model. During the event, participants
attended a one-day training session on fuel-efficient driving techniques and technical
expertise, followed by the Asia Pacific Fuelwatch Challenge grand finals on the
The Volvo Trucks Fuelwatch
Challenge kicked-off its local editions in Asia Pacific earlier this year, and
saw 17 top drivers qualify to contest for the title of the region’s most
fuel-efficient driver in the on-road and off-road categories at the Asia
Pacific Fuelwatch Challenge 2015. This included four women, representing the
expanding number of female drivers within the Fuelwatch community and the
industry-at-large, according to a press release.
Expressing her elation over
the record-setting performance, Ms Marriott said: “I’m absolutely pleased to be
this year’s most fuel-efficient driver and to be the first contestant to bring
the trophy home to New Zealand. While our industry is often thought of as being
male dominated, the Fuelwatch Challenge has been a great platform for us to
show that all drivers, regardless of gender, can perform at the highest level
while being fuel-efficient. I look forward to sharing the experience at
Fuelwatch with my colleagues back home.”
To win the title of the most
fuel-efficient driver in the on-road category at this year’s Asia Pacific
Fuelwatch Challenge, Ms. Marriott clocked 17.5pc less fuel compared to the
highest amount of fuel burnt at the event. In the off-road category, Poleboina
clinched the top prize with a notable achievement of 12.5% less fuel
consumption relative to fellow contestants.
Within the industry, fuel can
account to up to 50pc of the operating costs of a typical haulage business.
Based on the fuel-efficiency margins recorded in the on-road and off-road
finals, this would inarguably translate into significant cost savings potential
in a real-world context.
Congratulating the winners,
Christophe Martin, President of Volvo Trucks in Asia Oceania added: “I am
delighted and proud to witness history made at this year’s Asia Pacific
Fuelwatch Challenge 2015, with the first female driver joining the ranks of
past Fuelwatch winners. Louise’s achievements will no doubt encourage aspiring
female drivers, which will benefit the industry as a whole.”
Martin further commented: “We
at Volvo Trucks are firmly committed to the Fuelwatch mission of optimising
performance at minimum cost to businesses, society and the environment. Since
our inaugural event in 2007, the more than 15,000 participants of the Fuelwatch
Challenge have become ambassadors of the Fuelwatch community, sharing the
skills and technical knowledge that they have picked up at the event to
catalyse our goal of a fuel-efficient industry. Together with them, we look
forward to championing the Fuelwatch mission for the industry and the society”.
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