Van Driver of the Year

Bott Ltd, Ashby-de-la-Zouch | 10 July 2021

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Back for 2021 and in its seventh year, the search is on for the country’s best van drivers with the launch of this year’s Van Driver of the Year competition.


Entries are now closed for 2021!


This challenging contest is aimed at recognising and celebrating the very best drivers from the very best van operators. A presentation of the trophy and prizes will be made at the end of the day to the overall Van Driver of the Year, the second and third place contestants.

Entries have been extended and will now close on Friday 11 June 2021 so companies are advised to waste no time in entering their outstanding drivers. 

The competition will be run in accordance with the latest government COVID-19 guidelines, adhering to any measures required to be in place at the time of the event. Should restrictions not allow them to run as face to face events, we will postpone to later date.

To enter the competition, simply complete an entry form. To determine finalists, entrants will then be given an online risk assessment which will count towards their final score.



Competition categories and Prizes


1st place Van Driver of the Year – Coveted trophy, £1,000 holiday voucher and certificate

2nd place Van Driver of the Year – GoPro and certificate

3rd place Van Driver of the Year – £150 Red Letter Day voucher and certificate


1st place Van Excellence Driver, sponsored by Bott – £50 Amazon voucher and certificate.


Task category winners


Safe Driving Style, sponsored by Quartix - £50 Amazon voucher and certificate.

Economical Driving, sponsored by Hertz - £50 Amazon voucher and certificate.

Legislative Knowledge, sponsored by Lex Autolease - £50 Amazon voucher and certificate.

Manoeuvring - £50 Amazon voucher and certificate.

Pre-use defect checks - £50 Amazon voucher and certificate.

Risk assessment, sponsored by TVL - £50 Amazon voucher and certificate.


Reasons to enter:

  • Showcase your outstanding drivers.
  • Illustrate your drivers as brand ambassadors.
  • Reward and recognise your best drivers.
  • Celebrate the best of the best of drivers.
  • Top accolade for your drivers.
  • Illustrate your organisations safe driving style.
  • Boost staff morale.



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Competition tasks: 


Risk assessment – provided by License Bureau, this task will determine the 15 finalists and will contribute to contestant’s final overall score.


Legislative knowledge test – Provided by Logistics UK’s Membership Advice Centre.


Pre-use defect checks – Provided by Logistics UK’s Vehicle Inspections Service.


Road test – Vehicles provided by Hertz, this task will test your ‘safe driving’ style, with telematics provided by Quartix, and measure your economical driving.


Manoeuvring task – provided and managed by NFE Group.



Terms and conditions: 

Each driver entered will go through a licence check and a risk assessment to shortlist the final 15 drivers. Please note that drivers will be expected to drive a manual van during the competition. Drivers will be required to be available from 8:30 - 15:30 on Saturday 10th July 2021 in Ashby-de-la-Zouch. Line managers must be made aware if you are entering yourself. Please note all drivers may be asked to appear in publicity photographs and interviews after the event.


View our event terms and conditions.

I’m thrilled to be named as the best van driver in the UK. I love my role as a driver, and I have always taken it very seriously; to be recognised for my dedication, hard work, and constant thirst for improvement over the years is overwhelming. I would like to thank my fellow drivers at ASDA whose own brilliance pushes me to be the best I can. I would also like to thank Van Excellence for providing me with this opportunity to showcase everything I have learnt throughout my driving career.

Chris Shenton

2019 winner