What is the IPC Drivers' Challenge?
The IPC Drivers' challenge is a driving competition in which teams composed of a driver and a manager of postal operators will compete on the level of eco-driving, driving safety and customer service. The driving event is part of our sustainability programme, which promotes driver education and employee engagement.
The Drivers' Challenge is organised every year and a half and is done in collaboration with a hosting post. Over the past years, IPC has organised four editions of the Drivers' Challenge in different countries:
- Montpellier, France in 2012
- Naas, Ireland in 2013, in partnership with An Post
- Ivalo, Finland in 2015, in partnership with Posti
- Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium in 2016, in partnership with bpost
- Estoril, Portugal in 2018, in partnership with CTT Portugal Post
Pedro Madeira and Ricardo Monteiro (CTT Portugal Post) win the 2018 IPC Drivers’ Challenge in Estoril, Portugal
Teams from An Post (Ireland), bpost MSO Distribution and bpost MSO Transport (Belgium), Correos (Spain), CTT Portugal Post (Portugal); Le Groupe La Poste (France), Posti (Finland), Posten Norge (Norway), PostNL TGN, PostNL Parcels (the Netherlands) and PostNord (Sweden-Denmark) geared up on 17 and 18 April 2018 on the Estoril Racing track, in Portugal for the fifth edition of the IPC Drivers’ Challenge. All posts have sent their best team, mostly selected through national competition or continuous measurement of driving behaviour.
The teams competed in all aspects of the postal delivery chain. While the atmosphere was friendly, all teams displayed an excellent level of focus and showed true dedication in each of the competition subcategories. The Portuguese team excelled in all aspects of the competition, and rightfully took this year’s IPC Drivers’ Challenge trophy home. Teams from Belgium and Finland ranked second and third respectively.
As in previous editions, participating teams consisted of a professional driver and a postal manager. Tests in this edition of the IPC Drivers’ Challenge included:
- a theory test,
- a series of car checks,
- a challenging combination of car handling exercises,
- a 40km-long eco-driving route combining the Estoril race track experience and the surrounding areas, including a swap of drivers at the beautiful Blue lagoon, and
- a 21km-long delivery route combining electric driving and the delivery exercise on the public road.
This year, a new component was added to the competition, where teams performed a number of deliveries on the public road, using an electric vehicle. As efficient driving in an electric vehicle requires a total different driving behaviour, this test presented a new challenge to our participants. Along a 21km route, the teams need to execute a number of deliveries, while using a fully electric delivery vehicle. As this was the first time the element was included, and not all postal drivers had the experience of driving an electric vehicle before, ample time was given during the training day to familiarise with the vehicle.
A selection pictures of the event is available below.
We asked vlogger Syroop to visit the IPC Drivers' Challenge and make a report. The video is available below.