Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Best UK Road Haulage Drivers Compete for HGV Titles

Telematics Group Sponsors Annual Awards
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UK – Having whittled down over 120,000 of the UK's most talented HGV drivers, the shortlists for this year's Microlise Driver of the Year Awards has been announced. With the aim of recognising and acknowledging the vital work and the professionalism displayed by lorry drivers in their day-to-day work, the winners will be announced at the upcoming Microlise Transport Conference, taking place on May 17 at The Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

The short, medium, and long award shortlists are based on data collected by Microlise telematics units throughout 2016. Now in their third year, these telematics-based awards are defined by analysing data assessing a range of criteria and using a process defined by the University of Nottingham’s Advanced Data Analysis Centre. For the remaining categories, the judges reviewed nominations which were submitted online through the Microlise Transport Conference website. Nadeem Raza, Chief Executive Officer at Microlise, said:

“These awards were launched and are designed to identify the best of the best. Those shortlisted have performed exceptionally over a twelve month period, showing high levels of skill, dedication and professionalism. The data doesn’t lie and to be identified from over 120,000 drivers just shows how good these drivers are.”

The independent judging panel includes Road Haulage Association Chief Executive Richard Burnett, Freight Transport Association Deputy Chief Executive James Hookham, Motor Transport Editor Steve Hobson, RTITB Head of Technical Services Nick Welch, and Microlise Executive Director Bob Harbey. The panel recently convened in London to review the many entries received, which were all anonymised ahead of judging. Burnett commented:

“As always, the awards have uncovered some truly heroic behaviour, as well as professionalism and excellence, from drivers over the last year. These awards are unique in that they focus squarely on drivers and the essential work being done to raise the calibre of our industry. Each year I am astounded at the lengths drivers go to, their performance and consistency. This year has been no exception.”

The winning drivers will be named at a special VIP Dinner event, held on the evening before the Microlise Transport Conference, with the overall winner presented with their award on stage at the conference on May 17.

The Microlise Transport Conference is set to deliver its strongest programme to date with over 1,000 professionals from across the transport industry attending. Chaired by Quentin Willson, motoring industry journalist, author, TV presenter and campaigner, the conference agenda will touch on the key issues affecting commercial fleet operators with presentations delivered by a range of leaders and experts in their fields.

The full shortlist of 24 drivers will enjoy a Porsche track day courtesy of MAN Truck & Bus UK.

Microlise Driver of the Year Awards Shortlist:

Short Distance Alan Cobb – Ceva Michael Young – Culina Anthony Fieldhouse – DX Freight

Medium Distance Rafal Kolenko – Samworth Brothers Mark Close – Brocklesby Anthony Niles – Culina

Long Distance Peter Jones – Chamberlain John Seggons – Bibby Distribution Jason Jeffry – Goldstar Transport

Driver Excellence – Sponsored by Road Haulage Association No shortlist – award to be presented to operator with largest proportion of drivers in the top 1,000.

Extra Mile – Sponsored by Knorr-Bremse Neil Salmon & Clive Everson – B&Q Stuart McClellan – Bibby Distribution Peter Cochrane – Samworth Brothers

HGV Hero – Sponsored by Dunlop John Harrington – DHL Robert Brown – Eddie Stobart

Most Improved Driver of the Year – Sponsored by Scania Clive Sutton – Bibby Distribution Michael Roberts – Royal Mail Catherine Eastbourne – Warburtons

Young Driver of the Year – Sponsored by Vodafone Thomas Virtue – Hovis Grszegorz Kepinski – Muller Laura Farnsworth – Samworth Brothers

Lifetime Achievement – Sponsored by Freight Transport Association Richard Ireson – Tesco John Seeley – Hovis Paul Thompson – Bibby Distribution