Driver Recognition Programme | East and Southern Africa
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5th Edition East and Southern Africa Driver Recognition Programme 2020
Fleet Forum is pleased to announce the 5th Edition East and Southern Africa Driver Recognition Programme. Registration is open to all humanitarian organisations in East and Southern Africa.
The online qualifying rounds will begin in April. The final event, the Driving Champions Final, will take place in late September/ beginning of October 2020 in Kenya.
The Driver Recognition Programme recognises the driver who is an inspiring example for others in terms of road safety and health, cost efficiency and friendliness. It also acknowledges the corresponding organisation who understands the critical role the drivers play in delivery of aid and development and takes the time to show their appreciation of their drivers.
The competition consists of the following:
Participating organisations nominate their drivers of light vehicles (sedans / 4×4) -- we encourage as many drivers to enter the first round as possible;
Country qualifying rounds take place, in which driving skills and driver knowledge are tested;
The best drivers from different organizations in the region compete in the final round to be the best driver and win the annual Driver Award. The final event simulates a ‘typical day in the life of a driver’.
At the heart of this programme is our desire to acknowledge the critical role that drivers play in the delivery of aid and development.
We aim to bring together three elements:
1) reinforcing healthy and safety practices;
2) improving data collection and analysis on driver performance;
3) engaging in a fun and collaborative manner.
About DRP East and Southern Africa:
The Driver Recognition Programme is an eco- and safe driving interagency humanitarian competition, that recognises the important role drivers play in the sustainability, health and safety objectives, of aid and development organisations.
In aid and development organisations, drivers are responsible for the wellbeing and safety of passengers, but are also in charge of high value vehicles and equipment. They are the most prominent public ‘face’ of the organisation, and often have to deal with difficult situations, bad roads, hostile environments and unfair demands. This event is designed to engage, educate, inspire and recognise the 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 crash-related costs.
For the fourth year, the East African Driver Recognition Programme, a road safety competition to recognise the pivotal role of humanitarian drivers, is hosted in Kenya from 24th to 25th May 2019 in Lukenya.
A total of 12 teams of drivers and managers from aid and development organisations will compete for the 2019 Driving Champion Award. Organisations like Catholic Relief Services, World Food Programme (WFP), UNICEF, Mercy Corps, Marie Stopes International, Kenya Red Cross and many more will partici- pate.
At the start of the 2019 DRP, over 900 drivers from 50 country offices in 14 East African countries and representing 13 organisations, have registered. Since then, Fleet Forum worked with the country and senior management of each organisation to identify their best driver.
At the final event, each driver will be accompanied by a senior representative of the same organisation, who serves as a ‘co-driver’, encouraging and cheering on their drivers.
“Despite their critical role in delivery of aid, drivers often go unrecognised. By facilitating this programme, Fleet Forum aims to provide the aid and development community with a useful tool to engage and recognise their drivers” says Nikita Udhwani, Fleet Forum Delivery Director.
2019 Driving Champions Final
The final event – the 2018 Driving Champions Final – took place over the weekend 24-25 May in Kenya
This years' winners are:
3rd place: Emily Soi / World Vision Kenya
2nd place: Issa Byamukama / CRS Uganda
Winner: Salim Masete / WHO Kenya
2018 Driving Champions Final