The Manila North Tollways Corporation (MNTC), operator of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), has recognized this year’s awardees of the NLEXcellence Safety Awards from the bus and trucking companies. MNTC honored 15 companies that showed exemplary performance in ensuring road safety.

Launched last 2013, the NLEXcellence Safety Awards is accorded as a “seal of honor” to companies who share MNTC’s best practices in road safety.

"From the time we began the NLEXcellence Safety Awards, we have set our sights on makeing it a benchmark recognition that gives credence to companies that are committed to road safety,” said MNTC vice president for marketing Renato Ticzon.

According to MNTC, the 15 awardees who were announced at the awards night were chosen from over 40 nominees.

MNTC president Rodrigo Franco said safety is part of MNTC’s culture. “Aside from safe infrastructure, the features of the road, as well as the pleasant but firm enforcement of traffic rules and regulations are all intended to promote road safety,” he said.

The award categories are divided into three, namely, Company Operational Excellence, Vehicle Quality and Driver's Professionalism.

The awardees for the Company Operational Excellence are Luzon Cisco Transport, Inc., Victor Del Rosario Rice Mill Corp., GTycoon Logistics Corporation, AAI Worldwide Logistics and YM Cargo Transport. The awardees were rated on the basis of company's operational policies, programs, rules and guidelines that ensure the safety of their drivers and the roadworthiness of their fleet.

Excellence in Vehicle Quality

The Vehicle Quality awardees are Viron Transit, Remore Corporation, RNE Trucking Services, Gapuzan Movers Inc. and Stellar Cargo Movers. They were evaluated on their excellence in keeping their fleet roadworthy. The condition of the vehicle's engine, tires, brakes, lights, the availability of safety devices and emergency tools were also evaluated.

Excellence in Driver Professionalism

In the Driver's Professionalism category, the awardees are Baliwag Transit, J&J Midtrans Corporation, RVL Movers Corporation, FILEM Transport Services Co., Inc. and Giga Trucking Services. These bus or truck firms were recognized for maintaining excellent, law-abiding fleet drivers to ensure that their passengers and cargo are brought safe and on time to their destinations. They are assessed based on their drivers' driving skills, knowledge of traffic regulations and signs, physical fitness, apprehension record and regulatory compliance. The drivers’ appearance and qualifications were also evaluated.

2015 Inductee Hall of Fame

Furthermore, MNTC inducted EUG Freight Services to the NLEXcellence Hall of Fame and featured Victory Liner from their roster of Hall of Famers.