The winner of the FTA’s Driver of the Year contest will be announced next week at the Freight in the City Expo at Alexandra Palace on 2 November.

The Driver of the Year event was held over three days in July at Mercedes-Benz at Wentworth Park, Barnsley, with competitions in three categories: vans, 18-tonne and 44-tonne trucks.

Drivers were put through their paces in a variety of tasks including defect checking, risk awareness and legislation.

Points were awarded for each task and the overall winner was announced at the end of each day.

Matthew Pickering of Samworth Brothers Supply Chain was named Truck Driver of the Year 44-tonne 2016 sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Trucks, beating 19 other finalists to lift the trophy.

David West of Total Foodservice Solutions scooped Truck Driver of the Year 18-tonne 2016 sponsored by Bridgestone Tyres and the winner of Van Excellence Driver of the Year sponsored by LeasePlan was Matthew Young of AAH Pharmaceutical.

The three category winners will be at the Freight in the City event to hear the overall champion announced by FTA chief executive David Wells.

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