Nominations now open for the Van Excellence Awards 2019

Van operators who have made a significant contribution to the van market will be celebrated at the 2019 Van Excellence Honours Lunch later this year, and nominations for the awards are now open.

The awards, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Vans and administered by the Freight Transport Association (FTA), will be held at a lunch at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Birmingham on November 12. The event is also sponsored by Bott, Brigade Electronics, Hertz, Lex Autolease and Quartix.

With the exception of the ‘Van Hero of the Year’ award, which is open to all, these categories are open to Van Excellence Accredited Operators only: Making a Difference, Putting Drivers First, Helping the Community, Using Technology for Good, Keeping your Show on the Road and Winning at Wellbeing.

Mark Cartwright, head of Vans and Light Commercial Vehicles at the FTA, said: “The Van Excellence Honours Lunch are back this winter to celebrate the businesses and individuals leading the way in excellence and setting a high standard for others to follow. With the van market growing so fast, it is important to recognise and reward the operators that consistently place driver wellbeing, the community, safety, compliance and technological innovation at the heart of their operations.

“Van drivers play a vital role in the UK economy, from delivering home shopping to stocking hospitals with the medicines they need; it is high time they are recognised for their invaluable contribution. All van operators committed to excellence should enter these awards or nominate an esteemed peer, whether operating a large fleet or a single vehicle.”

The closing date for nominations is September 16.

For more information on the awards, including how to enter, click here.

Dan Parton
Dan Parton
Dan Parton is a freelance journalist and former editor of Truck & Driver, the UK's biggest selling truck magazine. He writes for both The Van Expert and The Truck Expert.

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