Driver of the Year 2016

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Matthew Pickering of Samworth Brothers Supply Chain was named the overall winner of the inaugural FTA Driver of the Year 2016 competition.

Matthew won the Truck Driver of the Year 44 tonne competition sponsored by Mercedes-Benz trucks back in July, beating 19 other finalists. The hard-fought contest examined contestants' driving skills (fuel economy and driver behaviour), manoeuvring ability, legislative knowledge and their ability to identify pre-use defects of the vehicle. Drivers were marked on each task and ranked based on their scores.

For a summary on the results of the 2016 event, plus details on the winners from each category, please follow the links below

Truck Driver of the Year (44 tonne) click here

Truck Driver of the Year (18 tonne) click here

Van Excellence Driver of the Year click here

FTA's Driver of the Year 2016 competition proved to be a huge success this past summer.

Entry was open to FTA Members and Van Excellence accredited operators where participants competed in various tasks in one of three days of contests.

The driving competition

The skills and abilities of the shortlisted drivers were put to the test over a series of driving related exercises that included manoeuvring, economical awareness, legislation and more. Every contestant was then scored on each element of the tasks.


The first placed winner in each contest will received a £1,000 holiday voucher with second and third placed winners receiving an iPad and £250 Red Letter Day voucher respectively.

Take a look at the highlights for our Van Excellence Driver of the Year 2016!

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