A total of 170 drivers of the City of Cape Town were put through their paces at the annual Driver of the Year competition held at the Turfhall Stadium in Lansdowne on Thursday 12 March. According to the Mayco member for corporate services, Sharon Cottle, the participants are City employees whose core function is to drive City vehicles every day.“The criteria was to obtain the highest score from five driving manoeuvres. The total score is 500 and each manoeuvre weighs 100 points,” she says.Prior to the competition, the drivers had a practice session.“The competition comprises of three categories namely Code B, C1, C, EC1 and EC and the winners are selected from each category. The competition was hosted by the City’s occupational health and safety fleet risk control division and staff members from different City departments took part,” Cottle says.The annual competition was first held in 1995. The objective of the competition is to enhance the drivers’ road-safety knowledge, to prevent and reduce crashes and to reduce fleet maintenance costs. The competition also gives recognition to all good drivers who use the City’s vehicles daily.The first, second and third place winners will receive a trophy, a certificate and a gift at a separate awards ceremony.“I want to commend all staff who willingly put their driving skills under the spotlight in this competition. This shows their commitment to being proud City ambassadors by displaying high levels of competency in meeting the challenges of the competition. We acknowledge also that these driving skills play a big part in ensuring that key components of the City’s operations function effectively,” Cottle says.The winners of the competition will be announced later in the year.