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.
Lymm Truckwash is celebrating 55 years in business by hosting a Driver Day event in April, with goodie bags, cakes and a charity raffle.
Operators face a potential triple whammy in the chancellor’s Autumn Statement on 25 November with cuts to spending on local roads, the DVSA’s enforcement budget and an increase in fuel duty on the cards.
Training company Merlin Supply Chain Solutions is attempting to tackle the problem of the HGV driver shortage by launching a course aimed at helping transport and line managers retain their driving staff.