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Scott Lewis (right), from operator Best Connection, receives the DAF Transport Efficiency Driver
Challenge 2018 trophy from 2016 winner, Paul Barlow
Scott Lewis of the Best Connection driving agency has won the 2018 DAF Transport Efficiency Driver Challenge – a UK-wide search to find Britain’s best commercial vehicle driver.
In an exciting climax to the event, Scott edged clear of runners-up, Chris Ray from Waitrose, and Colin Court from construction materials supplier, Hanson UK. Following a robust selection process – including an invitation to non-DAF drivers – 20 of the country’s best truck drivers were set a series of rigorous challenges at a two-day finale at the Millbrook proving ground on 19th and 20th May.
Challenges involved driving appraisals in various models representing DAF’s New LF, New CF and New XF ranges, off-road tests and other practical assessments which face drivers on a daily basis, including:
Driving style, performance and efficiency across different sizes of truck and driving conditions.
Road knowledge, legislation and the Highway Code.
Vehicle knowledge, defect reporting and pre-use checks.
The DAF Transport Efficiency Driver Challenge 2018 finalists gather ahead of the contest
“It’s fantastic,” said Scott Lewis, who only gained his Class 1 license in 2016 and whose job involves driving a wide range of vehicles, “the pressure,” he said, “was intense and all the guys and ladies competed really well – they have been so professional and it’s been great going head-to-head with them. The challenges were super tough,” he said, “and particularly as we were tested in a range of different vehicles. The DAF experts warned us it would be difficult, and they weren’t wrong!”
He added, “The organisation has been superb – everyone at DAF Trucks has done a great job. And, as for the New DAF vehicle range – they’re a driver’s dream. Smooth, responsive engines and big, comfortable cabs.”
The live two-day event at Millbrook was overseen by DAF Trucks driver trainer and press truck demo driver, Mandy Wannerton, assisted by a judging panel of industry experts. The top drivers underwent a series of stringent practical and theoretical tests, while receiving expert leadership from Mandy and her driver training team. Drivers also took the opportunity to drive the full range of DAF vehicles.
DAF Trucks live-posted photography and video-shorts to its @DAFTrucksUK social media platforms as the event unfolded, and with all content also available on www.dafblog.co.uk/videos/daf-driver-challenge-2018