Winners of FTA’s Roadworthiness Awards

Our prestigious Roadworthiness Awards highlight FTA members' efforts to keep their fleets safe, legal and efficient. Award winners are presented with a custom-printed 1:50 scale model truck, a certificate and a feature in FTA's Freight magazine.

If you think your operation should be considered for an award get in touch with us now. Here’s our list of recent winners:
 

_DSC1039Aldi Stores work recognised in FTA Roadworthiness Award
 

The award was presented at the CV Show 2016 at the NEC in Birmingham by FTA's Chief Executive David Wells, where Aldi Stores Ltd Bathgate Distribution Centre was congratulated on the hard work carried out to maintain such high standards and in controlling driver related defects.

David Wells said: “On behalf of FTA I am delighted to have presented the prestigious Roadworthiness Awards to Aldi Stores Bathgate Distribution Centre in recognition of the excellent standards they have in vehicle safety, and the work carried out to maintain compliance. This Award reflects the high standards of the Group, and I would like to congratulate all involved for the efforts they obviously make to ensure that their fleet is safe, legal and efficient at all times.”

On receiving the Award, Logistics Director at Aldi Atherstone, Andy Gillies, commented: “Aldi Stores Ltd is delighted to receive the prestigious FTA Roadworthiness Award. We are incredibly proud of the high standards we maintain throughout our fleet, and as safety is a high priority throughout our work, this award can be attributed to everyone in our high quality workforce and recognises the exceptional contribution they make to maintain our excellent safety record.”

C.3249d - 056FTA recognises work of Maritime Transport Ltd with Roadworthiness Award
 

In recognition of its high standards in maintenance of its fleet of vehicles and trailers, and controlling driver-related defects, Maritime Transport Immingham Depot has received the FTA Roadworthiness Award. 

Maritime Transport owns one of the largest and most recognisable vehicle fleets in the UK operating within the container and general haulage sectors. With over 1,000 trucks running from 27 sites they are extremely conscious of their importance as role models, setting the bar high for compliance standards. With 39 Transport Managers already qualified and more undergoing training, they are demonstrating that actions speak louder than words with their results showing their serious approach to keeping their fleet safe and legal. 

The Award was presented by FTA’s CEO David Wells at this year's CV Show, who said: “FTA is delighted to present the prestigious Roadworthiness Awards to Maritime Transport’s Immingham Depot in recognition of the excellent standards they have in vehicle safety in order to maintain standards of compliance with vehicle condition. This Award reflects the high standards of the Group, and I would like to congratulate all involved on the efforts they clearly make in order to ensure that their fleet is safe, legal and efficient at all times.”

Stuart Wardlaw, Maritime Fleet Engineer, commented: “We are delighted to receive this prestigious FTA Roadworthiness Award for our Immingham Depot. We are incredibly proud of the high standards we maintain throughout our fleet, with safety being of paramount importance across our sites. This award can be attributed to everyone in our high quality workforce for the ongoing work they put into ensuring we lead the way in compliance. It recognises the exceptional contribution they make to maintain our excellent safety record."

 

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Fowler Welch recognised again by FTA Roadworthiness Award

 

In recognition of its high standards of maintaining both vehicles and trailers, and controlling driver related defects, Fowler Welch has received the Freight Transport Association’s (FTA) Roadworthiness Award.


Fowler Welch provides supply chain services for ambient and temperature controlled products. Serving major names on both sides of the supply and retail equation. For the second year running it was the work of Fowler Welch’s Washington Depot that in particular was recognised for its outstanding performance in controlling driver reportable and safety defects. Pictured receiving the award from FTA Contract Manager Eric Higham (centre) is John Benton Washington General Manager (left) and Graham Thomson Fleet Manager North (right).


The prestigious Roadworthiness Awards highlights FTA members' efforts to keep their fleets safe, legal and efficient, recognise excellent standards of vehicle safety, condition and maintenance standards in the UK, and are designed to encourage and reward high standards of compliance with vehicle condition legislation.


John Benton Washington General Manager commented “As General Manager of Fowler Welch Washington I am very proud to see this External Award from the FTA come to Washington for the second year running this is testament to the drivers, Yard Technician and the day to day management of our fleet, well done to all involved”
 

 

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Hewden transport compliance recognised with FTA award at Plantworx 2015


Hewden Plant Hire has received the Freight Transport Association's Roadworthiness Award in recognitition of its high standards of vehicle and trailer maintenance and managing driver-related defects. 

The award was presented at the Plantworx Exhibition in Bruntingthorpe by FTA General Manager of Contract Management David Wylie. 

Hewden is one of the largest plant hire and equipment rental companies in the UK and Europe, supplying contractors and builders with equipment.  FTA Roadworthiness Awards recognise operators whose compliance levels are above sector and national standards. 

Hewden's Nottingham depot was singled out in particular for its efforts in controlling driver reportable defects, coupled with overall vehicle condition. 

David Wylie said: "On behalf of FTA, I'm delighted to present Hewden's Nottingham depot with a Road Worthiness Award as their recent results show that they have the best performance across all Hewden sites.  

"It's an outstanding achievement to have no reportable safety defects found by FTA engineers during a 12 month period.  Well done to all concerned!"

Hewden Transport Compliance Manager Dan McCallion said: "Hewden is delighted to receive this prestigious Roadworthiness Award from the FTA.  The VIS inspection service, and associated reports provided by the FTA, form a vital part of Hewden's commitment to ensuring fleet safety and compliance with out Operator Licence undertakings.

"I would like to congratulate Lee and his team in Nottingham for their continued hard work and support to achieve such high levels of safety and compliance.  This Award leaves no doubt in my mind that with the ongoing support of the FTA we can continue to improve standards and strive towards creating even safer roads in the UK."

Hewden Nottingham Depot Manager Lee Brandrick-Smith and Dan McCalion are pictured receiving the award from David Wylie

 

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Hanson's Dewsbury Depot recognised by FTA Roadworthiness Award


Hanson Building Products have been recognised by the FTA Roadworthiness Award.  The company uses FTA auditing services to help ensure its vehicles remain safe, legal & reliable through carrying out inspections on all brick and block vehicles and trailers it operates throughout the country. It was the work of Hanson’s Dewsbury Depot that in particular has once again been recognised for its high standards in controlling safety related defects that ultimately won the FTA Award.  

Dale Clarke Hanson National Transport Manager stated: “Hanson is thrilled to have won this highly regarded award which recognises our commitment to all aspects of safety. We have all put tremendous energy into making safety a top priority and this award is a credit to everyone in our high quality workforce and their exceptional contribution to our excellent safety record.”

 

 

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Müller Wiseman Dairies recognised by FTA Roadworthiness Award


In recognition of its high standards of maintaining both vehicles and trailers, and vehicle maintenance systems,  Müller Wiseman Dairies has received the Freight Transport Association’s (FTA) Roadworthiness Award.

Müller Wiseman Dairies was established in 1947. It’s come a long way and the small milk run from the family farm in East Kilbride is now part of the Müller UK & Ireland Group and providing 30% of the fresh milk consumed in Britain every day.

Muller-Wisemans Dairies Central workshop (Scotland) depot received the Roadworthiness award covering the contractual year of 2014.  Central Workshop in Scotland stood out in 2014 as the most achieving depot. Muller-Wiseman Dairies use FTA for quality monitoring of their vehicles and vehicle workshops by random vehicle inspections on 10% of their entire fleet and an annual vehicle maintenance systems audits carried at each of their 12 workshops.

The prestigious Roadworthiness Awards highlight FTA members' efforts to keep their fleets safe, legal and efficient, recognise excellent standards of vehicle safety, condition and maintenance standards in the UK, and are designed to encourage and reward high standards of compliance with vehicle condition legislation.

David Wylie, FTA’s  General Manager of Contract Management commented –

 

“On behalf of FTA, I’m delighted to present Muller-Wisemans Dairies with an another roadworthiness award, as their recent internal KPI’s, together with the roadworthiness performance data from FTA’s  management information, VIS Gateway, results show that Central workshop (Scotland) had an outstanding performance during 2014 for vehicle compliance and vehicle maintenance system audits,  well done to all involved in achieving this result” 

lafargeLafarge Tarmac outstanding levels of compliance recognised by FTA
 

In recognition of its high standards of maintaining both vehicles and trailers, and controlling safety related defects, Lafarge Tarmac has received the Freight Transport Association’s (FTA) Roadworthiness Award. 

Lafarge Tarmac is the UK's leading building materials and sustainable construction solutions business. It supplies to prestigious projects across the UK, and it’s innovative solutions and services help deliver the infrastructure needed to grow the UK economy. The prestigious Roadworthiness Awards highlight FTA members' efforts to keep their fleets safe, legal and efficient, recognise excellent standards of vehicle safety, condition and maintenance standards in the UK, and are designed to encourage and reward high standards of compliance with vehicle condition legislation.

The Lafarge Tarmac Aberthaw logistics depot received the roadworthiness award for very strong performance in controlling driver related defects. This coupled with having the lowest number of safety related items found on the fleet, showed the overall excellent condition of vehicles operated by this depot.Pictured receiving the Award from FTA Contract Manager is Barry Depot Coordinator Glyn Davis.

Neil Allan Lafarge Tarmac National Logistics Manager commented “Lafarge Tarmac is thrilled to have won this highly regarded award which recognises our commitment to all aspects of safety. Safety is fundamental to how we run our business, and all of our transport team put tremendous energy into making safety a top priority. This award is a credit to everyone at our Aberthawlogistics depot and their exceptional contribution to our excellent safety record.” 

sitaSita UK Roadworthiness Award 2015

Daniel Brooks, Fleet Compliance and Audit Manager for SITA UK, said -

“On 26th March 2015, we (SITA UK) held our annual Fleet Compliance Awards which were again supported by the FTA. Awards were issued to both managers and drivers for high standards of fleet compliance, across a wide range of areas such as MOT pass rates, internal audit results, and Tachograph infringements.


The FTA sponsored two specific awards - the Roadworthiness Award going to the Hampshire Workshop and the Tachograph Compliance Award going to the Preston Branch. As Fleet Compliance and Audit Manager for SITA UK, these awards are extremely important as they recognise and reward staff members who have excelled in this area. The continued support of the FTA also further demonstrates the close working relationship between both companies.

We utilise VIS Services for both quality monitoring and Gate Exit checks on a regular basis, with results analysed by our internal monitoring team, which then feed into an overall 'risk score' for each location and workshop. The Tachograph analysis undertaken by the FTA is also utilised in this way, as well of course as being used by each location to manage and reduce infringements.

DS Smith Recycling Division Roadworthiness Award 2014, Bristol DepotDS Smith Recycling Division Roadworthiness Award


DS Smith Recycling Division’s Bristol Depot received the Roadworthiness award for the contractual year of 2014.
The whole company has seen an improvement in its roadworthiness and the Bristol Depot stood out in 2014 as the No.1 site in safety related and driver reportable defects. The depot was able to stay compliant during 2014 and this became a fantastic achievement as it was going through many challenges as a business and depot during this time. Using the FTA’s VIS Gateway Dashboard and the company’s own internal KPI system we were able to come to the decision.

Mr Martin Caddick the Transport Co-Ordinator received the award from Theo de Pencier the CEO of the FTA at the company’s Head Office in Caerphilly South Wales on the 18th February 2015

L to R: Andrew Wood Development & Compliance Director, Joel Warner Bristol Depot Manager, Martin Caddick Transport Co-ordinator, Paula Cornick Transport & Logistics Admin Manager, Theo de Pencier CEO FTA, Paul Wilson Operations Manager

Maritime Group Ltd work recognised by FTA Roadworthiness Awards

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In recognition of its high standards of maintaining both vehicles and trailers, and controlling driver related defects, Maritime Group Ltd has received the Freight Transport Association’s Roadworthiness Award. 

The prestigious Roadworthiness Awards highlight FTA members' efforts to keep their fleets safe, legal and efficient, recognise excellent standards of vehicle safety, condition and maintenance standards in the UK, and are designed to encourage and reward high standards of compliance with vehicle condition legislation.
David Wells, FTA's Managing Director of Finance and Operations, said: 

“On behalf of FTA, I am delighted to have presented the prestigious Roadworthiness Award to Maritime Group in recognition of the excellent standards they have in vehicle safety in order to maintain standards of compliance on vehicle condition. This Award reflects the high standards of the Group, and I would like to congratulate all involved on the efforts that are obviously made to ensure Maritime’s fleet is safe, legal and efficient at all times.”
Maritime Group Ltd is the largest container transport company in the UK, as well as a leading logistics provider, focusing on successfully providing customers with safe, high quality and cost effective services. It was the work of the organisation’s Marchwood depot in particular that was recognised for its high standards in controlling driver reportable safety related defects that ultimately won the FTA Award.
John Williams, Maritime Managing Director, commented: 

“Maritime Group is delighted to receive the prestigious FTA Roadworthiness Award. We are incredibly proud of the high standards we maintain throughout our fleet, and as safety is a high priority throughout our work, this award can be attributed to everyone in our high quality workforce and recognises the exceptional contribution they make to maintain our excellent safety record.”

Fowler WelchFowler Welch recognised by FTA Roadworthiness Award

In recognition of its high standards of maintaining both vehicles and trailers, and controlling driver related defects, Fowler Welch has received the Freight Transport Association’s (FTA) Roadworthiness Award.

Fowler Welch provides flexible and cost-effective supply chain services for ambient and temperature controlled products. Serving major names on both sides of the supply and retail equation. It was the work of Fowler Welch’s Washington Depot that in particular was recognised for its outstanding performance in controlling driver reportable and safety defects. Pictured receiving the award from FTA Contract Manager Eric Higham is Richard Binns Washington Fleet Coordinator and Graham Thomson Fleet Manager North

The prestigious Roadworthiness Awards highlight FTA members' efforts to keep their fleets safe, legal and efficient, recognise excellent standards of vehicle safety, condition and maintenance standards in the UK, and are designed to encourage and reward high standards of compliance with vehicle condition legislation.

John Benton Fowler Welch Washington General Manager commented “This is a great achievement and special mentions need to go to Richard Binns for his management of the fleet and a thanks to Steve Greenaway and Graham Thompson for their support. It’s great to see our peers appreciate the hard work and dedication required to keep the fleet running safely and smoothly.

Lafarge TarmacLafarge Tarmac outstanding levels of compliance recognised by FTA

In recognition of its high standards of maintaining both vehicles and trailers, and controlling safety related defects, Lafarge Tarmac has received the Freight Transport Association’s (FTA) Roadworthiness Award.

Lafarge Tarmac is one of the UK's leading sustainable building materials suppliers. With innovative products, solutions and services to help deliver the infrastructure needed to grow the UK economy. The prestigious Roadworthiness Awards highlight FTA members' efforts to keep their fleets safe, legal and efficient, recognise excellent standards of vehicle safety, condition and maintenance standards in the UK, and are designed to encourage and reward high standards of compliance with vehicle condition legislation.

The Lafarge Tarmac Seaham depot received the roadworthiness award for very strong performance in controlling driver related defects. This coupled with having the lowest number of safety related items found on the fleet, showed the overall excellent condition of vehicles operated by this depot. Pictured receiving the Award from FTA General Manager of Contract Management David Wylie is Seaham Depot Coordinator David Hawkins.

FTA General Manager of Contract Management David Wylie commented “I’m delighted to present Lafarge Tarmac Seaham depot with a roadworthiness award for the second year running, as their recent roadworthiness performance results show that they have the lowest safety related defects, and it’s an outstanding achievement to have no Driver reportable defects found by FTA Engineers during a 12 month period, well done”

sainsburysSainsbury depot awarded by FTA for MHE compliance

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has presented Sainsbury’s regional distribution centre at Basingstoke with an award for mechanical handling equipment (MHE) compliance at the final of Sainsbury’s Fork Lift Truck Operator of the Year Awards, which took place in Leicester on 7 October.

Mechanical handling equipment is a vital part of the supply chain, and with that in mind Sainsbury’s applies the same standards to this part of the business as to its road vehicle fleet. FTA audits ensure compliance, with the key areas of focus being the standard of daily checks and maintenance provision. There is huge emphasis on MHE operational awareness, with Sainsbury’s warehouse management team undergoing an MHE awareness course to increase understanding of best practice procedures.

David Wylie, FTA’s General Manager – Contract Management, who presented the award said:

“FTA has been running its Roadworthiness awards scheme since 2008, and we decided this year to widen its scope and recognise the invaluable role that the MHE operation plays in the logistics supply chain. In deciding the winner of the inaugural award, within Sainsbury’s operation, we looked at the results of the MHE maintenance systems audits and fleet condition. The Basingstoke depot stood out in particular, as the site had two clean systems audits this year, and this outstanding performance was achieved whilst undergoing significant changes to the operation. On behalf of FTA I am delighted to present the Basingstoke depot with our MHE compliance award for 2014.”
 

hewden roadworthinessHewden work recognised by FTA Roadworthiness Awards - 2014

In recognition of its high standards of maintaining both vehicles and trailers, and controlling driver driver related defects, Hewden has received the Freight Transport Association's (FTA) Roadworthiness Award.  As one of the largest plant hire and equipment rental companies in the UK and Europe, Hewden supports professional contractors and builders.  With a core fleet of equipment ready to go at every depot, every day, delivered anywhere in mainland UK next day guaranteed, FTA Road Worthiness Awards look to reward operators whose compliance levels are well above sector and national standards and for Hewden's Award their Billingham depot was singled out in particular for its efforts in controlling driver reportable defects coupled with overall vehicle condition.  Pictured receiving the award from FTA Contract Manager Eric Higham is Hewden Billingham Depot Manager Dave Ingleby, John Gillies Transport Compliance Assessor and Kevin Buckler Transport Compliance Manager. 

Kevin Buckler Hewden Transport Compliance Manager commented, ‘Hewden is delighted to receive this prestigious Roadworthiness Award from the FTA. The VIS inspection service, and associated reports, provided by the FTA form a vital part of Hewden’s commitment to ensuring fleet safety and compliance with our Operator License undertakings. I would like to congratulate Dave Ingleby and his team, in particular Chris Donaghue, for their continued hard work and support to achieve such high levels of safety & compliance.’

 

Road Worthiness Award winners HansonHanson Building Products - 2014 

In recognition of its high standards of maintaining both vehicles and trailers, and controlling driver related defects, Hanson Building Products has received the Freight Transport Association’s (FTA) Roadworthiness Award.

Hanson uses FTA auditing services to help ensure its vehicles remain safe, legal & reliable through carrying out inspections on all brick and block vehicles and trailers it operates throughout the country. It was the work of Hanson’s Whittlesey Depot that in particular was recognised for its high standards in controlling safety related defects that ultimately won the FTA Award. Pictured receiving the Award from FTA Contract Manager Eric Higham is Dave Pardy Area transport Manager and Driver Grant Woodward.

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“Hanson is thrilled to have won this highly regarded award which recognises our commitment to all aspects of safety. We have all put tremendous energy into making safety a top priority and this award is a credit to everyone in our high quality workforce and their exceptional contribution to our excellent safety record.”

eddie stobart wins road worthiness award Eddie Stobart - 2014


With 2,200 vehicles, 3,200 trailers, 6 trains and over 7,000,000 square feet of warehousing, Eddie Stobart is the UK’s largest genuinely shared user logistic business. A proud heritage of service provision across many sectors including FMCG, Automotive, Technology, Retail, Temperature sensitive, Drinks, Manufacturing and Motorsport.

Core to Eddie Stobart’s strategy is reducing environmental waste through providing innovative transport solutions and efficient utilisation of its fleet. Stobart works in partnership with its customers to offer transparency in pricing enabling them to share both risk and reward.
FTA provide independent auditing services to help ensure Eddie Stobart vehicles remain safe, legal & reliable through carrying out vehicle inspections at numerous key sites within the business.

Lee Scarlett of FTA is pictured presenting the award to Simon Morgan Depot Manager, he received the FTA Roadworthiness Award for consistently having the lowest number of safety related defects found on the fleet operating at the Appleton Thorn depot and a very strong performance in controlling driver related defect reporting.
Lee added, “I have known Simon for a good number of years both through activity with FTA & previously as work colleagues, it gives me great pleasure presenting this award for the recent FTA auditing results”.

bidvest logisticsBidvest Logistics - 2014


Bidvest Logistics are the leading supplier of logistical and supply chain solutions to the UK hospitality and restaurant sector. Through continual auditing of the fleet using FTA Vehicle Inspection Services Mark Pearce can monitor fleet compliance & condition benchmarking all depot's against both each other & national & sector averages.

Bidvest opted to use the FTA Roadworthiness Award scheme to recognise their most compliant depot through the last auditing phase, this was arranged to be a surprise to the Transport Manager at the Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC in April.

Pictured is David Wells Managing Director of Finance and Operations at FTA (right) presenting the award to Nick Timms Transport Manager Bidvest Taunton (centre) with Mark Pearce Senior Operation Manager Bidvest (left).  Nick was presented with the award for his excellent performance in controlling driver related defects as well as the lowest number of safety related defects across the group.  

ds smith recyclingDS Smith Recycling Leeds Depot - 2013

DS Smith Recycling Leeds Depot received the Roadworthiness award for 2013.

The whole company has seen an improvement in their roadworthiness and the Leeds Depot stood out for 2013 as the most improved for the reduction in safety related and driver reportable defects. Mr Dave Taylor received the award from Patrick Cobb of the FTA contract management team.

L to R: Mr Darren West Depot Manager, Patrick Cobb Contract Manager FTA, Mr Dave Taylor Logistics Controller, Mr Dave Higgins Driver Supervisor, Mr Adrian Ball Logistics Manager.

 

palmer and harveyPalmer & Harvey McLane Aylesford Depot - 2013

Palmer & Harvey McLane Ltd Aylesford Depot received the Roadworthiness award for 2013.

The whole company has seen a significant improvement in their roadworthiness and the Aylesford Depot stood out for 2013 as the most improved for the reduction in safety related and driver reportable defects. Mr Roger Smith received the award from Patrick Cobb of the FTA contract management team.

Patrick said “I am delighted to present this award to the Aylesford Depot who over the past 12 months have shown a significant reduction in defects to achieve outstanding results. The company have put a lot of hard work and emphasis in the last three years to reduce the amount of vehicle defects and improve driver defect reporting which has seen a dramatic drop in vehicle defects. The maintenance and operations team in the Aylesford Depot have obviously worked extremely hard to achieve these results and deserve the recognition for all their efforts”.

L to R: Mr Rhys Thomas National Transport Manager, Mr Colin Saul AM transport Supervisor, Mr Roger Smith Transport Manager, Patrick Cobb Contract Manager VIS, Mr Steve Wade PM Transport Supervisor, Mr Barry Edwards Assistant National Transport Manager.

HansonHanson UK - 2012

Another accolade for Hanson UK in 2 years, this time at there Thermalite block works depot in Thatcham. Pictured above receiving their Roadworthiness award at the Thatcham depot are, Graham Oughton Delivery Agent, Trevor O’Flynn Delivery agent and Brian Milbank Area Transport Manager.

The depot received the roadworthiness award for its excellent performance in controlling driver related defects, as well as finding only a low number of safety related items and for the general overall condition of vehicles operating at this depot.

Hanson uses FTA auditing services to help ensure its vehicles remain safe, legal & reliable through carrying out inspections on all brick and block vehicles and trailers it operates throughout the country.
 

LafargeLafarge Tarmac - 2012

David Hawkins (left), Co-ordinator for Lafarge Tarmac, receives his company Roadworthiness Award at the Seaham depot. 

Lafarge Tarmac uses FTA auditing services to help ensure its fleet of vehicles remain safe, legal & reliable through carrying out inspections on vehicles and trailers it operates throughout the country.

The Seaham depot received the roadworthiness award for a very strong performance in controlling driver related defects. This coupled with having the lowest overall number of defects for both vehicles and trailers in their national fleet, showed the overall excellent condition of vehicles operated by this depot.

 

P&H McLanePalmer Harvey McLane - 2012

Palmer & Harvey McLane Ltd, Dunfermline depot, received the Roadworthiness award for 2012. The whole company has seen a significant improvement in their roadworthiness but the Dunfermline depot particularly stood out for 2012. Mr Norrie McGregor received the award from Patrick Cobb of the FTA contract management team. 

Patrick said “I am delighted to present this award to the Dunfermline depot who over the past 12 months have shown consistent and outstanding results. The company have put a lot of hard work and emphasis into the last two years to reduce the amount of vehicle defects and improve driver defect reporting, which has seen a dramatic drop in vehicle defects. The maintenance team, especially in the Dunfermline depot, have obviously worked extremely hard to achieve these results and deserve the recognition for all their efforts”.
 

HewdenHewden - 2012

Ken Jones (right), Depot Manager for Hewden, receives his company Roadworthiness Award at the Bangor depot. Hewden uses FTA auditing services to help ensure its fleet of vehicles remain safe, legal & reliable through carrying out inspections on vehicles and trailers it operates throughout the country.

The Bangor depot received the roadworthiness award for a very strong performance in controlling driver related defects. This coupled with having the lowest overall number of defects for both vehicles and trailers in their national fleet, showed the overall excellent condition of vehicles operated by this depot.


30 _DSC0486Fifth FTA VIS Roadworthiness Award for Strathclyde Fire & Rescue - 2012

Strathclyde Fire & Rescue (SFR) has, for the fifth consecutive year, been the winner of an FTA Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS) Roadworthiness Award. The scheme is open to all VIS users and the awards are designed to recognise the achievement of high levels of compliance in vehicle maintenance.

Presenting the award to Strathclyde Fire & Rescue FTA’s Director of Compliance Sally Thornley, said: “I am delighted to present SFR with another FTA Roadworthiness Award. Over the last 12 months SFR has consistently delivered an outstanding result against key performance indicators. This award recognises the performance of everyone on the maintenance team who have worked so hard to continually achieve these results.”

Steve Houseman (right) of Willi Betz receiving FTA's Roadworthiness AwardWilli Betz UK Ltd - November 2010

Steve Houseman (right), Fleet Engineer for Willi Betz UK Ltd, receives his company’s Roadworthiness Award at the Hilton depot near Derby. As the Hilton fleet has steadily grown, Steve has used FTA’s vehicle inspection services to ensure Betz vehicles remain safe, legal and reliable.

Steve received our Roadworthiness Award for consistently having the lowest number of safety related items found on the Hilton fleet. The depot also had a very strong record of controlling driver related defect reporting.

Peter Shaw (driver) Lee Hall (Area Transport Manager) & Dale Clarke (National Transport Manager) of Hanson receive their awardHanson UK - November 2010

Hanson UK is the leading supplier of heavy building materials to the UK construction industry. Hanson Building Products forms one of the three business lines. FTA carries out vehicle inspections at ten of Hanson’s operating sites, ensuring Hanson vehicles remain safe, legal and reliable. We then present a Group Roadworthiness Award to the most compliant depot.

Hanson’s Dewsbury depot wins this award for consistently having the lowest number of safety related items found on its fleet, and for a very strong performance in the control of driver defect reporting.

Pictured receiving the 2010 Roadworthiness Award are Peter Shaw (driver) Lee Hall (Area Transport Manager) & Dale Clarke (National Transport Manager).

Warburtons - January 2009

Warburtons uses FTA's Vehicle Inspection Service to audit vehicle condition and maintenance arrangements at its operating centres around the country.

Results of audits were collated via FTA's Fleet Management Information Service, and the two branch winners were Newburn for best overall-performing site, and Bicester for most improved site.

John Menzies plc group - January 2009

Back in 2002 John Menzies plc group used FTA’s Audits and Fleet Management Information to help measure, control and benchmark their vehicle fleet condition and maintenance systems.

The winning depot within the Menzies Distribution is its Newbridge Distribution Centre based just outside Edinburgh.

National Express West Midlands, Acocks Green - January 2009

FTA monitors 10 per cent of the National Express West Midlands fleet. FTA also provides a bespoke maintenance system and records audits at each location, three times a year.

FTA’s reports revealed that Acocks Green had the lowest average number of defects found over a 12 month period and was the best performing location within National Express West Midlands.

AG Barr, Cumbernauld - February 2009

AG Barr used FTA’s Vehicle Inspection Service to audit the condition of the road fleet and warehouse lift trucks used within its distribution operation.

AG Barr Cumbernauld was the group winner for having the lowest average defects per vehicle. Robert Bryson, Transport Services Supervisor, said "The standard has been achieved with the help of all parties within A G Barr Cumbernauld and from the assistance of our local FTA Area Engineer, Stan Sweeney".

ABN, Gainsborough - March 2009

ABN used FTA’s Vehicle Inspection Service to audit the mechanical condition of its 100 or so HGVs and trailers, and also the vehicle maintenance arrangements at each of the operating centres.

ABN Gainsborough was chosen as the winner for having the lowest average number of defects per vehicle within the group.

Sunlight Service Group - March 2009

Sunlight has used FTA’s audit services over the years to help Jonathan Phippen and his department monitor their transport operation and ensure compliance throughout the whole UK fleet.

The Mossley depot received a Roadworthiness Award as it had the best overall company performance taking into account FTA inspections, VOSA encounters and MOT pass records.

SITA UK, Ashford Depot - March 2009

SITA UK has worked closely with FTA for a number of years, using audit services and FTA's Driver Daily Walk Around Check (gate checks) to ensure compliance throughout the whole of its UK transport operation.

SITA UK Ashford depot received the Roadworthiness Award as it had the best overall score taking into account FTA inspections, audit scores, VOSA encounters and MOT pass record.

Lafarge Cement UK, Aberthaw Works, South Wales - July 2009

Lafarge Cement UK has used FTA's Audit Services for many years to ensure the independent quality monitoring of its national fleet.

Aberthaw Works has been chosen as the winner of the FTA Roadworthiness Award from within Lafarge Cement UK for providing the highest level of compliance across all locations over a 12 month period.