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Search opens for country’s best van driver in FTA competition

The event, which takes place on 14 July, 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.

Following the huge success of the previous two Van Excellence Driver of the Year events, FTA has introduced three separate contests for 2016 celebrating the skills and abilities of professional drivers across the freight and logistics sector.   

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. 

Contestants taking part in each of the events will be asked to complete various tasks in the competition which is designed to test their abilities across a wide range of skills. 

FTA head of vans Mark Cartwright said: “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.” 

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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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