We are looking for the Repair & Maintenance Workshop of the Year

December 11, 2012 Steve Hobson

New for the 2013 MT Awards is a category for R&M workshop of the year. Keeping a commercial vehicle fleet on the road that is safe, legal, reliable and highly productive is a tough job. This award is for the inhouse or third party repair and maintenance workshop that delivers on all four counts. The Award will go to the R&M operation that can show it meets the operational needs of the transport business in terms of high vehicle availability […]


Calling all network operators!

December 3, 2012 Steve Hobson

The new category introduced in the 2012 awards for Network of the Year will again be running in 2013. Network of the Year is open to any national transport or logistics operator with multiple DCs or depots, including pallet networks, parcels carriers, hauliers and own-account operators. Ownership structure is immaterial; the network can be a wholly-owned, partnership, consortium, franchised or licensed operation – the only requirement is that the entrant together with any associated companies functions as an integrated network. […]


Livery of the Year is back!

November 26, 2012 Steve Hobson

Back by popular demand, Livery of the Year has been reinstated for the 2013 MT Awards. Trucks and trailers are mobile billboards that should be used by operators to present a strong, positive image of the company and the transport industry to the public. Judges will want to see a modern, stylish livery that gets across its message clearly and effectively. The Award – last presented to Branston for its series of witty potato promotions – is for a truck, […]


Get your top driver the recognition of an MT award

November 21, 2012 Steve Hobson

Today’s truck drivers are one of the biggest influences over an operator’s biggest cost – fuel – as well as being in the front line of customer service. Even with modern fuel efficient engines and automated gearboxes, a careful right foot is still the best way to improve economy and minimise maintenance costs and accident damage. Telematics has revealed the stark difference in performance between the best and worst drivers, and while training and incentives will often move the worst up to the average, […]


Transport Manager of the Year added to 2013 Awards

November 8, 2012 Steve Hobson

Transport managers are often the unsung heroes of any logistics operation, and to recognise their contribution Motor Transport is launching a new Transport Manager of the Year Award as part of the 2013 MT Awards. Juggling the needs of the business to make a profit, the demands of customers for high service levels and the absolute requirement to run legally at all times, transport managers are the people who make transport work. Senior TC Beverley Bell (pictured, centre, at the […]


2012 Haulier of the Year CM Downton profiled

August 3, 2012 Steve Hobson

The 2012 Haulier of the Year, CM Downton, is a family-run firm based in Moreton Valence, Gloucestershire. Despite MD Andy Downton’s self-deprecatory comments about the family just being simple West Country folk, the company is highly respected for its professionalism and consistent strong performance. In an industry characterised by brutally low margins, where hauliers are often confronted with the unpalatable choice of buying unprofitable business or protecting profit at the expense of turnover, Downton has achieved the remarkable feat of […]


Watch the best bits of the Motor Transport Awards

June 20, 2012 Harry Richmond

A video capturing all the excitement of last week’s Motor Transport Awards is now on line. Presented by Road Transport Media’s editorial director Justin Stanton and filmed in association with Thermo King, the video features interviews with award winners including an emotional recipient of the Service to Industry Award Nikki King, the Fleet Driver of the Year Jim Whitmore and Haulier of the Year CM Downton.   For more Motor Transport and Commercial Motor videos, go to

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Industry confident about prospects for remainder of 2012

June 14, 2012 Chris Druce

Senior figures in the road transport industry are more confident about their businesses’ prospects during the remainder of the year, than they were at the start of 2012. A vox-pop of senior managers and executives at last night’s Motor Transport Awards revealed a sector confident in its abilities to ride out the economic storm. “Yes [we’re optimistic], as people always want to eat and drink no matter how tough it gets, as they want the feel-good factor,” says Mike Reid, […]


MT Awards 2012 winners revealed

June 14, 2012 Steve Hobson

CM Downton walked away with the big prize of the night – the Haulier of the Year trophy – in front of a sell-out audience of 1,500 at last night’s Motor Transport Awards (13 June). Delighted directors of the family firm Andrew, Richard and John Downton, collected the trophy from co-host Sean Lock. The Moreton Valance, Gloucestershire-based firm has achieved the remarkable feat of boosting turnover and doubling operating profit since the credit crunch struck in 2008 – a performance […]


Best Use of Technology shortlist profiled

June 8, 2012 Steve Hobson

Gist Gist conducts more than 5,000 vehicle movements a week for grocery retailers, moving £4bn of stock – £2bn of which has less than three days of shelf life. This results in some complicated vehicle scheduling, particularly as 40% of orders are scheduled after a vehicle has started its journey. The operator asked itself the question: “How can I best use my network of vehicles, subcontractors and cross-dock locations to effectively move every consignment from factory to destination in the […]