Bridgestone Tyres sponsors FTA Driver of the Year contest

Tuesday 23 February 2016

The Freight Transport Association is looking for the country’s top truck driver for the FTA Truck Driver of the Year (18-tonne) 2016 competition sponsored by Bridgestone Tyres.

Following the hugely successful annual Van Excellence Driver of the Year event, FTA has introduced three separate contests celebrating the skills and abilities of professional drivers across the freight and logistics sector.

The 18-tonne competition is targeted at the UK’s army of drivers who carry out deliveries in our towns and cities, negotiating busy streets and keeping to tight schedules.

The 18-tonne, 44-tonne and van driver of the year contests will be held at Mercedes-Benz, Wentworth Park, Barnsley, from 12 to 14 July. Contestants will be tested on their ability in a wide range of driving skills and will be assessed on their overall competence behind the wheel.

John Folliss, Bridgestone Tyres Commercial Sales & Marketing Director, North Europe, said: “Bridgestone is always keen to recognise the hard working professionals who make the commercial motoring industry so great – the drivers.

“Our association with the Freight Transport Association’s Driver of the Year 2016 Competition represents the perfect fit for Bridgestone and we are delighted to be involved. As the world’s largest tyre manufacturer, we pride ourselves on serving society with superior quality and there are so many professional drivers who do likewise for their own companies, employers and customers.

“We look forward to commemorating them and raising the profile of some unsung heroes.”

Elements of the competition will examine driving skills (fuel economy and driver behaviour), manoeuvring ability, the drivers’ risk awareness, checked legislative knowledge, and ability to identify pre-use defects of the vehicle. Bridgestone Partners will support the defect check task and advise on which defect the drivers will be tested. Contestants will be scored on each task and ranked based on their scores.

To nominate a driver to enter the 2016 FTA Driver of the Year competition – please go to:

Full terms and conditions apply for each competition. The individual winner of each event will be announced on the day of the contest, and overall winner of the three competitions will be revealed in October.

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