The FTA's Driver of the Year competition, sponsored by Bridgestone, is now open for entries.

HGV and van drivers are invited to enter the competition, which for the first time includes a Young Driver of the Year category for those under thirty.

Three days of rigorous tests are ahead for those that enter at Mercedes-Benz, Wentworth Park from the 12 to 14 September, with category winners and an ultimate winner to be named later this year at the FTA's final Transport Manager Conference at Coventry's Ricoh Arena on 29 November.

Competitors will be tested on their driving skills, manoeuvring ability, legislative knowledge and their ability to identify pre-use defects of the vehicle.

Entries for Driver of the Year close on 28 July. Drivers can enter themselves or employers can nominate up to three members of staff.

Follow on Twitter at #FTAdriver17 and see Transport Manager Conferences for the full list of events.