Love2Truck is a competition for truck drivers that had its third edition this year. The competition aims to find the most passionate trucker in Belgium, someone who is a role model for the sector and the profession.
Some 30 drivers applied months ago to compete for the title. The candidates with the most public votes (3 Dutch-speaking and 3 French-speaking) were selected for the next round.
This first phase of the competition not only provided fascinating and warm stories, but also 6 great finalists. Each and every one of them proved to have a heart for the sector and none of them would want to exchange their ‘workplace’ for another.
The jury – composed of representatives of the initiators of Love2Truck – had the difficult task of determining the winner among the finalists.
Davy Van den Bossche (44), ‘PuPPe’ to his friends, was chosen as the most passionate truck driver in the country. Davy’s commitment to the sector and the profession shines through. He was able to collect no less than 4,000 public votes, but his motivation was already very visible thanks to his other actions: he raised a lot of money for charity by organizing several ‘truckruns’. This enabled him to make a difference for diabetes patient Luna, heart patient Tristan and Tom, a boy with autism. He also made an impression by giving info sessions on blind spot issues to elementary school children.
“I taught them about the dangers of the blind spot and hope they will think of me if they find themselves in such a situation. Because every victim is one too many,” says Davy.
The unveiling of the winner took place at the 2-day event ‘Passion4Trucks’ in Brussels Kart Expo (an organization of Transport Media), where Davy received his prize and trophy from Marijn Devalck. Davy couldn’t wipe the smile off his face: “I am proud of what I do and hope that I can encourage young people to take the step towards becoming a truck driver.”
Davy was surrounded by a crowd of enthusiastic supporters and was clearly touched: “The support and the hundreds of messages before and after the final were really heartwarming. I am really grateful to my friends for helping me in this competition, without them I would not have succeeded.”
It is now up to him to fulfill his new role as ambassador of the profession until the next edition of the Love2Truck contest!
Suivo is one of the partners and initiators of the Love2Truck campaign. But why exactly?
“Suivo develops solutions for mobile employees, such as truck drivers, among others. During our activities in the world of transport & logistics, we too have noticed that there is a shortage of truck drivers. The aim of Love2Truck is to stimulate the appreciation for the profession. The drivers and the sector should be put in the spotlight. This is an initiative that Suivo is happy to support,” explains Ellen Le Beer, Marketing Manager at Suivo.
Suivo is fully committed to develop solutions that enable drivers to work more safely and efficiently. Think for example of the digital transmission of transport orders. In addition, we also want to think about sustainability within the sector. With applications and modules such as eco-driving, we are trying to do our bit to reduce CO2 emissions, but also to raise drivers’ awareness of the impact of their driving behavior.
“We are convinced that Davy will fulfil his role as ambassador for the sector with verve. We wish him lots of fun behind the wheel and a big congratulations!”, concludes Le Beer.
Discover the personal stories of each finalist on www.love2truck.be