Freight driver competitions to be held in July

The FTA is searching for the best and safest drivers in three vehicle categories for its annual driver excellence awards to take part in July.

The search is on for the UK’s top truck driver with the launch of the 44 tonne – heavy vehicle category in the FTA Truck Driver of the Year 2016 competition, in association with Mercedes-Benz Trucks. Drivers in this category of the contest are highly skilled professionals, travelling long distances often on long-haul journeys.

Following the hugely successful annual Van Excellence Driver of the Year event, FTA has for 2016 introduced three separate contests celebrating the skills and abilities of professional drivers across the freight and logistics sector.

Open to FTA members only, the competition will test driving skills (fuel economy and driver behaviour), manoeuvring ability, the drivers’ risk awareness, legislative knowledge and ability to identify pre-use vehicle defects.

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.

Mike Belk, Managing Director – Trucks, Mercedes-Benz UK Limited, said: “We’re delighted to be associated with the 2016 FTA Truck Driver of the Year competition, 44 tonnes, and host the event at Mercedes-Benz Wentworth Park, Tankersley, our New and Used Truck preparation facility.

“Truck drivers deliver 85% of everything we touch and recognising their skills helps us highlight how important they are. Mercedes-Benz Trucks places a huge focus on both their role and their wellbeing, which is clearly demonstrated in the high levels of comfort and safety we build into the vehicles they drive. Good luck to all those entering.”

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