Driver Recognition Programme 2016: East Africa Driving Champion Finals Takes Place in Nairobi, Kenya

For the first time, the 1st Driver Recognition Programme, a non-monetary incentive competition to motivate drivers to perform better is being hosted in Kenya from 10th to 11th June 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya.

The Fleet Forum Driver Recognition Programme is an eco and safe driving inter-agency competition that recognises the important role drivers play in the sustainability, health and safety objectives, of aid and development organisations.

Collaboration at its Finest

This important event is made possible by funding from the FIA Foundation and UPS Foundation; these resources have facilitated the development of the entire programme. Subsequently, giving an opportunity to drivers to be recognized for their professionalism as they tackle challenging terrain while playing their important role in delivering humanitarian aid.

The final event is designed to engage, educate, inspire and recognise the 14 best drivers for their contribution, in supporting a workforce of persons who drive safely and remain accident-free at all times, in order to save lives and eliminate accident-related costs Over 275 drivers from 4 countries signed up to participate in the programme, and since then they have undergone a series of challenges to be selected as the best driver of their respective country office. Participating international humanitarian organisations include World Food Programme (WFP), GOAL, Catholic Relief Services, US Peace Corps, Marie Stopes and United Nations.

It is worth noting that multiple organisations have committed to the programme, not only as participants, but also in the role of co-hosts, sponsors and supporters.

WFP and World Vision, Fleet Forum’s long-time partners, are hosting the 2016 Driving Champion Finals, the final event of the Driver Recognition Programme. WFP and World Vision are the perfect co-hosts for the final event as both organisations consistently invest in the drivers and understand that performance management involves recognising both positive and improvement behaviours of drivers.

Aside from the strong commitment of WFP and World Vision, the following organisations are also involved in the programme:PastedGraphic-3

  • UPS, sponsor of the Driving Champion Award
  • Catholic Relief Services supported in securing local event management services for the final even
  • Toyota Gibraltar Stockholdings, sponsoring the Welcome Drinks and Dinner and providing an in-house trainer to facilitate a workshop for participating drivers
  • Terramar Networks, for sponsoring the Lunches and Coffee Breaks on June 11 and providing tracking devices
  • Globaltrack, for sponsoring the fuel for the competition and providing tracking devices

Challenging Competition
The Driving Champions Final has been planned to give participants an exciting experience. Fleet Forum in collaboration with multiple partners, has designed the competition based on the typical day of a professional humanitarian driver, reaching remote locations in emergencies to support those in need. Drivers will encounter challenges from off-road driving to turnings exercises that will test their abilities.

More information to follow tomorrow, when the drivers complete the competition and the winner is announced.