Samworth Brothers Supply Chain driver Matthew Pickering has been named the FTA’s Truck Driver of the Year 44-tonne 2016, following a hard-fought contest. He beat 19 other finalists at Mercedes-Benz Wentworth Park, Barnsley, in a range of tests including driving skills, manoeuvring ability, risk awareness and legislative knowledge, to lift the trophy. In the 18-tonne category, Total Foodservice Solution driver David West took the top prize.
Transport minister Robert Goodwill has called on the European Commission to consider introducing greater flexibility in the rules about Driver CPC (DCPC) training when it comes to the minimum seven-hour training periods currently required.
Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed three new out-of-hours delivery trials are to start in London, after signing a deal with an external consultancy to manage and assess them.
The head of road freight and transport policy at the FTA has predicted a hectic final year ahead for Driver CPC, but believes the industry can ultimately meet the challenge.