Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Road Haulage Drivers Have a Chance to Win One of Three Freight Transport Excellence Trophies

HGV Truck and Van Operators Must Enter Contest by April 30
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UK – At a time when concern is growing for the number of HGV drivers available to road haulage firms in future years comes a chance for the best of the best to be officially recognised by their peers in the industry. The Freight Transport Association (FTA) will shortly be looking for the best van and truck drivers in the country through its Driver of the Year 2016 contests. The three contests are FTA Truck Driver of the Year (44-tonne) sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Trucks); FTA Truck Driver of the Year (18-tonne) sponsored by Bridgestone Tyres) and the Van Excellence Driver of the Year. All three will be held at Mercedes-Benz, Wentworth Park, Barnsley, between 12 and 14 July 2016.

The popular Van driver event sponsored by LeasePlan UK takes place on 14 July and is open to FTA members and Van Excellence accredited operators and tests driving skills (fuel economy and driver behaviour), manoeuvring ability, the drivers’ risk awareness, legislative knowledge and the ability of the contestants to identify pre-use vehicle defects. FTA Head of Vans Mark Cartwright commented:

“The FTA Van Driver of the Year event really is testimony to the skills and expertise of the competing drivers. They're all employed by Van Excellence accredited operators who are working at the very highest standards, and those who take part really are the best of the best, from the best operators.”

This year’s competition means a holiday voucher worth £1,000 to each of the three winning drivers with other prizes for places but entries must be in by April 30 using the link above. Lease Plan UK is part of the LeasePlan Corporation NV Group, the largest vehicle management group in the world with over one and a half million vehicles in its portfolio, 50,000 of which are commercial vehicles in its UK serviced fleet. Mark Lovett, Head of Commercial Vehicles at contest sponsor LeasePlan UK said:

The 2016 FTA's Van Excellence Driver of the Year winner will be assessed on a number of key competencies both on and off the road and will prove that he or she is upholding the values of safe and efficient van driving and ultimately contributing to greater road safety. It is for this reason that LeasePlan UK is proud to sponsor such a worthy event. [We are] once again delighted to work with the FTA Van Excellence team in raising the profile of best practice van operations amongst fleet operators through the Van Driver of the Year event.

”With over 3.2 million vans in the UK ,representing 1 in 10 vehicles on our roads, sponsoring the competition highlights our commitment to raising van driver standards in a bid to make our roads safer. Our van fleet customers tell us that duty of care is of paramount importance to them and so it's great to be able to recognise and reward the businesses that take their van fleet operations seriously. In addition, the awards dispel the myth of 'white van man' being discourteous, dangerous and unprofessional. On the contrary, it's evident that there are an increasingly large number of organisations in the UK that follow FTA's Van Excellence guidelines and operate a safe, efficient and legally compliant van fleet.”