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Search begins for UK’s best van drivers

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has opened entries for its 2020 Driver of the Year competition, which will once again recognise the very best drivers.

Last year’s event saw Chris Shenton of Asda (left) and Alex Tilley of Moy Park named Van Excellence Driver of the Year and Young Driver of the Year 2019

Now in its seventh year, the event will take place on Saturday 13 June 2020 at the Bott Ltd facilities in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, where successful entrants will complete a variety of tasks and will be judged on the three key areas of safety, efficiency and compliance.

Individual task winners as well as the Van Excellence Driver of the Year and FTA’s overall Van Driver of the Year will be announced on the day. Prizes include a £1,000 holiday voucher as well as Amazon vouchers.

Kevin Green, director at FTA, said: “The growth of vans for varied trade use such as plumbing or floristry, together with the rise of internet shopping, has resulted in van drivers playing an increasing role in the UK economy. FTA looks forward to recognising and rewarding these outstanding individuals who can demonstrate excellent manoeuvring, observation and concentration skills, as well as their ability to work safely and efficiently in line with best practice.”

Van Excellence accredited operators can benefit from priority access to the competition, which is now open, while general entry will open on 16 March 2020.  Entries are initially limited to one driver per company and will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis with all entries closing on Friday 24 April 2020.

Further information on the event and how to enter can be found here.

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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