MAN Salultes Top MultiServ Drivers

In association with steel logistics provider, MultiServ Logistics, MAN has sponsored and hosted its inaugural MultiServ Driver of the Year Awards. The event has already been confirmed for 2010, such has been the overwhelmingly positive response from MultiServ drivers.

Based on MAN EcoStyle, MAN’s unique web-based vehicle and driver performance system, MultiServ drivers were monitored closely on a range of key driving parameters; harsh braking and acceleration, keeping the engine on its ‘sweet spot’, minimising idle time and so on. They were then trained according to their strengths and weaknesses to obtain optimum productivity.

While the Driver of the Year awards provided real incentives for the drivers, the rewards for MultiServ included improved productivity, reduced downtime, savings on driveline wear and immeasurable gains in safer driving practices.

The Awards were held at the RBS Williams F1 Conference Centre in Grove, and were presented by MAN Truck & Bus’s Des Evans, and MultiServ General Manager, Peter Hearn.

Awards were presented to individuals representing MultiServ’s many regional locations. Main awards, plus cheques for £1,000, were presented to Stephen Hornby as Most Improved Driver of the Year, and Daniel Howells as Overall Driver of the Year.

MAN EcoStyle has proved to be an invaluable tool for a great many MAN hauliers – with fuel savings of up to 10% regularly achieved. Des Evans analysed the figures more closely, “There are 132,000 tractor units on UK Roads,” he said, “covering 11.2 billion miles annually. That equates to £6.5 billion in diesel and around 13.6 million tonnes in CO2. With driver reporting and training programmes, such as MAN EcoStyle, that’s a potential for saving £650 million in fuel alone.”

MultiServ’s Peter Hearn added, “And, with such a committed workforce of drivers at MultiServ, we’re doing our bit to make those savings, but much more significantly monitoring of driving style, and in particular harsh braking and acceleration, demonstrates that over 70% of our drivers are ‘A’ performers in these categories making them amongst the safest on the road.”

“They’ve certainly taken the Awards programme on board too, and there’s a real sense of competition among the drivers. They’re already talking about next year’s awards!” he said.