Could one of your drivers be the FTA's Driver of the Year?

To acknowledge the skills of the best in the business, the Freight Transport Association has launched its second annual search for its Driver of the Year 2017.

“To be a successful logistics driver, you need a broad array of skills,” explained Carlie Nowell, Head of Events at the FTA.  “As well as being able to manoeuvre a large vehicle safely, efficiently and cost-effectively to a tight timetable on Britain’s crowded roads, successful drivers must have excellent observation and concentration, as well as an understanding of the safety procedures and legal requirements for a heavily regulated industry.  Freight drivers are an extraordinarily skilled bunch – and we are now looking for the very best of the best.”

The Driver of the Year 2017 competition is open to all UK drivers from any business sector and will be judged in three vehicle contests: vans, 18-tonne trucks and 44-tonne trucks.  This year’s competition will also see the introduction of three, new Young Driver of the Year categories, to recognise emerging talent within the logistics sector.

“Freight and logistics has often been seen as an older person’s career, but there are some incredible young drivers out there who are breathing new life into the industry,” Carlie Nowell said.  “They are highly skilled individuals who will take the logistics sector into the 21st century, and we are delighted to recognise their achievements as part this year’s competition.”

FTA Driver of the Year 2016, Matt Pickering of Samworth Brothers Supply Chain, commented:  “Winning was a great achievement.  It was a wonderful accolade for me, and for my employer, to be recognised for the hard work we do to maintain the highest standards of service for our customers.  Boosting awareness of the high standards required for successful freight driving will only help to bolster perceptions of the industry as a highly skilled, competitive one to work in and attract more young people into a job that’s exciting, challenging and very fulfilling.  I look forward to meeting this year’s winner!”

To enter one of your drivers into the competition, visit  Young Driver of the Year entrants must be aged under 30 on 12 September 2017.  Entries must be received by 18 July 2017.

Those shortlisted for the finals will be invited to take part in an assessment day, where winners in each class will be named.  The Young Drivers of the Year will then be invited to join FTA representatives at The Skills Show – the nation’s biggest skills and careers event for young people – in Birmingham on 18 November, where the overall young driver will be named.  The overall Driver of the Year title will be awarded at the FTA Transport Manager Conference at the Ricoh Arena on 29 November.