The 15 finalists in the Freight Transport Association’s (FTA) 2019 Van Excellence Driver of the Year and Young Driver of the Year, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Vans UK, have been announced.
The shortlisted candidates will be put through their paces in a final assessment day at Bott Ltd’s commercial centre in Ashby-de-la-Zouch on 8 June. They will face a series of tests including legislation knowledge, driving skills, risk assessment and vehicle defect identification. The winning applicant in each category will be presented with their trophy on the day and prizes including a holiday voucher, a GoPro and Red-Letter Day vouchers.
As well as Bott Ltd, the event is also supported by Brigade Electronics, Hertz, Lex Autolease and Quartix.
Mark Cartwright, Head of Vans at FTA, said: “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.