Celebrating top truck drivers

On 17 November, the winner of Regent’s Highway Heroes Award will take home R75 000 in cash and prizes, while second and third placed drivers will receive prizes worth R40 000 and R20 000.

Regent’s Highway Heroes campaign was launched in 2015 to highlight the important role truck drivers play in the economy. Based on the success of the last year’s event, Regent Insurance has increased the cash and prizes to R160 000 that will be awarded to South Africa’s top three truck drivers and fleet owner of the winning driver. The awards dinner takes place on 17 November.

South African personalities have lent their voices to the campaign in a bid to create public awareness of the importance of truck drivers in an effort to change driving behaviour to make roads safer.

“We look forward to formally celebrating and honouring the individuals who make daily sacrifices to ensure that the country runs efficiently,” says Paul Dangerfield, Highway Heroes campaign manager at Regent Commercial Vehicles (RCV). “One of the aims of the initiative is to raise road users’ awareness of the many challenges that truck drivers face in the course of their work.

“From our claim statistics, we have identified challenges that truck drivers face: the threat of hijacking; excessively long hours on the road; being pushed to speed; driving at night; navigating high traffic volumes; impatient road users; poor driver training; and insufficient safe places for overnight stops.

“We also believe that this platform presents a perfect opportunity to start changing road users’ perceptions that truck drivers are reckless and that they are largely responsible for the unacceptably high accident rate in this country. This is simply not true.”

Entries opened on 1 March, with the winner and two runners-up to be selected from the finalists’ shortlist. The winning driver will win R75 000 in cash and prizes, runners-up will receive prizes worth R40 000 and R20 000 respectively, and R25 000 will be awarded to the winning fleet owner for a reward and recognition program.

“We encourage people in society to shift their thinking around truck drivers and give them the recognition they deserve for moving our economy forward. We look forward to another successful campaign in 2017 and encourage fleet owners to nominate their truck drivers,” says Dangerfield.