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Shortlist For UK's Premier HGV Driver Awards Programme Revealed

17-Apr-2018
Shortlist For UK's Premier HGV Driver Awards Programme Revealed
The nine best UK truck drivers have today been named as the shortlist for the Microlise Driver of the Year Awards is published ahead of the awards ceremony on 15 May.

Bigger than ever before, the Microlise Driver of the Year Awards began with a colossal 180,000 drivers. Now just a few remain following weeks of telematics data analysis, corroboration and engagement with employers and review by an independent judging panel.

The winners of the Microlise Driver of the Year Awards, Short, Medium and Long distance categories, are set to be revealed at an exclusive black-tie dinner. The ultimate winner will then be announced at Europe’s largest road transport conference – the Microlise Transport Conference – the following day in front of 1,200 transport and logistics professionals.

The shortlist contains drivers from DHL, Menzies, Co-op, Hovis, Eddie Stobart, Warburtons, CEVA and Culina.

Shortlists have also been produced across a range of nomination based categories; Young Driver of the Year, Most Improved Driver of the Year, Extra Mile, HGV Hero and Lifetime Achievement Award, and include drivers from Ryder, CEVA, Samworth Brothers, Royal Mail, Frank Roberts, DHL, BRS, Bibby Distribution and Travis Perkins. The winners of these awards will also be revealed at the black-tie dinner on the 15th May.

“Once again the Microlise Driver of the Year Awards have grown with the number of drivers included in the telematics based categories increasing substantially. The results again highlight the excellence found in the UK driving community,” said Nadeem Raza, Chief Executive of Microlise. “Having spoken to the judging panel, the difference between drivers’ performance data was marginal and all those shortlisted are of superb quality. Those shortlisted are ambassadors for the industry and should be rightly proud of their achievement.”

The independent judging panel includes Road Haulage Association Chief Executive Richard Burnett, Motor Transport Editor Steve Hobson, Freelance Journalist Sharon Clancy and Microlise Director of Product Stephen Watson. The panel recently convened in London to review the many entries received, which were anonymised ahead of judging.

“Beyond the telematics categories, the nomination based awards also shone a light on exceptional performance in so many ways, from young drivers making their way in the industry and showing there are fantastic long-term career opportunities to be had, to those who have gone over and above the call the duty in the performance of their roles,” said Stephen Watson, Microlise Director of Product. “Reading some of the entries and the inspirational stories involved was a great experience, and we are proud to run these awards to highlight those that carry out such a vital role in the industry.”

The Short, Medium and Long award shortlists are based on data collected by Microlise telematics units throughout 2017. Now in their fourth year, these telematics-based awards are defined by analysing data from 180,000 drivers, assessed against a range of criteria and using a process defined by the University of Nottingham’s Advanced Data Analysis Centre. The additional category awards are based on entries submitted by employers, with all entries anonymised and reviewed by the judging panel.

The full shortlist of 24 drivers will enjoy a Porsche track day courtesy of MAN Truck & Bus UK, a supporter of the Microlise Driver of the Year Awards.

Registration for the Microlise Transport Conference, expecting to welcome 1,200 delegates when it takes place on the 16th May at The Ricoh Arena in Coventry, is open, with the event free to attend. To register your place, go to www.microliseconference.com.

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