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I received this "Diploma of Honour" (and spangley medal) from Geert at work the other day.
Wasn't too sure what it all meant until I looked it up on t'internet.
The IRU is a European agency covering most countries in Europe and the Employer's organisations within those countries.
Every year they trawl around their members looking for professional drivers who might fit their criteria for this award.
There were 1097 awarded in the whole of Europe last year, just 94 in the Netherlands (there are about 160,000 registered, qualified drivers in NL).
More than 20 years experience on the roads
Not having caused any major accidents during those 20 years, where serious injury was involved
Having covered at least a million kilometres during that period
Been working to the the present employer's full satisfaction for at least the last 5 years
Having made no serious errors concerning customs, administration or other regulations in the last 5 years.
That sort of thing.
I'd heard of this thing before, but in 23 years never met a driver who'd actually been awarded one.
Perhaps they're all just keeping quiet about it, they'll all come out of the woodwork now with; "oh yeah, had mine for ages"
Still, one of only 94, out of a potential 160,000, that ain't bad!
(I shall NOT be seen wearing that medal any time soon)
And, Mams, Paps & Edwin, tnx for the flowers!
1st Jan 2010, 12:38