Entry deadline approaches in search for Van Excellence Driver of the Year 2017

Wednesday 26 July 2017

With entries closing at the end of this week (28 July) in the search for the Freight Transport Association’s Van Excellence Driver of the Year 2017, drivers and employers are urged to act quickly before it’s too late. 
The popular event, which takes place on Tuesday 12 September, is open to FTA 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. 

FTA Head of Vans Mark Cartwright said: “The FTA Van Driver of the Year event highlights 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.”

Alongside the Van Excellence Driver of the Year event, FTA is also holding Driver of the Year competitions for drivers of trucks up to 18 tonnes and up to 44 tonnes, thus celebrating the skills and abilities of professional drivers right across the freight and logistics sector.  All three competitions will be held at Mercedes-Benz, Wentworth Park, Barnsley, between Tuesday 12 and Thursday 14 September 2017.  This year’s competition will also see the introduction of three new Young Driver of the Year categories, to recognise the emerging talent within the logistics sector.
For more information or to nominate a driver to enter Van Excellence Driver of the Year 2017 or one of the other categories, please go to http://www.fta.co.uk/events/Driver-of-the-Year-2017.html.  Those shortlisted for the finals of the competition will be invited to take part in an assessment day at Mercedes-Benz, where winners and Young Drivers of the Year in each vehicle class will be named.  The overall Driver of the Year title will be awarded at a presentation ceremony as part of the FTA Transport Manager Conference to be held at the Ricoh Arena on 29 November 2017.
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