The Manila North Tollways Corporation, the builder and concessionaire of the North Luzon Expressway, will recognize the bus and truck companies that not only use the 90km highway regularly but also put a premium on the roadworthiness of their vehicles by holding the first-ever "NLEXcellence Safety Awards" on November 13 at the SMX Convention Center in the SM Mall of Asia complex.
Previously, MNTC held its Top Accounts Appreciation Night annually to thank the companies that regularly used the NLEX. With the NLEXcellence Safety Awards, MNTC has reformatted the event not only to highlight the company's advocacy on road safety but to also recognize the winning companies' "strengths and capabilities, and the quality of its personnel, products and services."
The NLEXcelllence Safety Awards will have three categories with five winners each for a total of 15 winners.
The first category is Vehicle Quality, which is then based on a vehicle's roadworthiness, specifically the condition of its components like the engine, tires, brakes and lights; the presence of safety devices and emergency tools; the presence of the vehicle's required documents; the vehicle's cleanliess; and the comfort of both the driver and his assistant.
The second category is Driver's Professionalism, which is based on the driver's driving skills; knowledge of traffic rules, regulations and signs; physical fitness, health and appearance; apprehension record; and their regulatory compliance and driving qualifications.
The third category is Company Operational Excellence, which is determined via a company's safety record, company policies and programs that promote safety, like regular physical exams, regular skills training and behavioral workshops.
According to MNTC, the criteria for each category follow a track toward "building an expressway environment where travelers will have peace of mind as they travel safely, comfortably and conveniently."
Though MNTC is accepting nominees from the associations of trucking and transport companies that regularly use the NLEX to transport its products and conduct its services, the concessionaire has also tapped an independent research agency to conduct detailed surveys and garage audits, and review the companies' records. MNTC will also look at the 108,000-subscriber base of the Easytrip electronic tagging system, although it concedes that only 10% are composed of Class 2 and 3 commercial vehicles.
"The NLExcellence Safety Awards demonstrate how deeply we recognize safety as a shared value between the awardees and ourselves," said MNTC chief executive and president Rodrigo Franco.