September 17, 2019

FTA announces finalists for Van Excellence Driver of the Year 2019

Fifteen of the UK’s best van drivers have been shortlisted for FTA’s 2019 Van Excellence Driver of the Year and Young Driver of the Year. 

Sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Vans UK, the awards recognise the dedicated drivers keeping all sectors of business trading.

The shortlisted candidates will be put through their paces during a final assessment day at Bott Ltd’s commercial centre in Ashby-de-la-Zouch on Saturday 8 June. They will face a series of tests covering all areas of their roles, including legislation knowledge, driving skills, risk assessment and vehicle defect identification.

The winning applicant in each category – Driver of the Year 2019 and Young Driver of the Year 2019 – will be presented with their trophy on the day, with prizes including a holiday voucher, a GoPro and Red-Letter Day vouchers.

Mark Cartwright, head of vans at the FTA, commented: “Van drivers truly are the unsung heroes of Britain’s economy.”

“Their roles are both physically and mentally demanding; they must deploy several skill sets on a daily basis, including problem solving, technical understanding, initiative and time management, as well as lifting heavy goods and covering vast distances, both behind the wheel and on foot. It is this variety and challenge that makes it an attractive career option for individuals of all ages, background and genders.”

Mark continued: “The finalists for this year’s competition have been selected for their outstanding commitment, technical skills, diligence and compliance knowledge, and represent a wide range of UK companies across several business sectors.  We are honoured to be able to recognise and reward these outstanding drivers, as they embody the aspirations of the Van Excellence scheme – to achieve consistently high standards of compliance, safety and skill across the van market.”

The shortlist features expert drivers from Asda, Alliance Healthcare, Scottish Water, Fleet Solutions by BT, Greencore, Elis, Kelly Fleet Services, Amey, G4S Cash Solutions, Moy Park Ltd and Ringtons Ltd.