Express all the way to Germany
A PERTH-based TNT Express driver will represent Australia in the global Drive Me challenge final in Germany on October 4.
Murray Henderson, of Forrestfield, in Western Australia, won the national final of the second TNT Express Drive Me challenge, heading off four other challengers from across Australia in Sydney on August 25.
It is the second time a Perth-based driver has won the event.
The Drive Me challenge tests pick up and delivery drivers on their driving accuracy and customer service, with an emphasis on testing for safe and fuel-efficient driving.
All up 1915 drivers across Australia participated in the challenge this year, while globally, the challenge had 15,000 entrants from across 20 countries.
TNT Express Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands managing director Bob Black said the Drive Me challenge reinforced the company's core business values and its "sure we can" attitude.
"The Drive Me challenge showcases the abilities of TNT Express drivers by assessing fuel efficiency, safe driving and customer service skills," he said.
"Encouraging the right driver behaviour is one of the many features of TNT Express's culture, which is to significantly reduce our carbon footprint.
"Initiatives like this can have a real influence in driver behaviour, greatly reducing road traffic accidents and continually driving to provide an excellent customer experience.
"We are extremely impressed by the level of skill and commitment to customer service that our drivers continuously display, particularly during the Drive Me challenge."
He said Mr Henderson's customer service, in particular, had been outstanding, and would make him a great ambassador for Australia during the global challenge.
Mr Henderson was still in shock after the announcement, and could not believe he was on his way to Germany in October.
"I'm extremely grateful for this opportunity. I have had so many calls of congratulations from friends at TNT Express and my family. They're just so proud," he said.
"I have received so much support from the other finalists and it is a privilege to represent them.
"I am going to do them proud and bring home the crown."