Rafal Kolanko, a driver at Samworth Brothers Supply Chain, has been named the Microlise Driver of the Year 2017.

Announced at the Microlise Transport Conference earlier this week, Kolanko (pictured, centre) won the medium distance driver category before going on to win the overall title.

Other award winners include Michael Young from Culina for the short distance category, and Peter Jones of Chamberlain Transport was named Long Distance driver of the Year.

Microlise also named two winners in the HGV Heroes catagory at a dinner the night before the conference at the Ricoh Arena.

Eddie Stobart's Robert Brown used his vehicle to shield a car that had been involved in a collision, and climbed inside the damaged vehicle to comfort a young girl.

John Harrington from DHL saved the life of an elderly man at the roadside who had suffered a heart attack.

Microlise executive director Bob Harbey said: “When we started the awards a few years ago, we intended to focus entirely on drivers and shine a light on the excellent work they are doing day in and day out.

“They are at the heart of the transport industry and we wanted to use our unique position to review anonymous driving data from hundreds of thousands of drivers to showcase the best performers.

"All of the winners, those short-listed and the top thousand deserve credit for the excellent work they are doing and the way they conduct themselves.”