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Three new members were inducted into the Motor Transport Hall of Fame at this year’s Motor Transport Awards.

Sponsored by Scania, the Hall of Fame was launched in 2016 to recognise outstanding individuals in the road transport sector.

This year, Derrick Potter, William Stobart and John Williams joined the ranks.

Potter, who sold family business Potter Logistics to WH Bowker last year, has been involved in the industry for more than 50 years.

Derrick Potter

Derrick Potter, chairman of Potter Logistics

Potter Logistics was founded by his father in 1965, who Potter said instilled in him the caring attitude to his staff that judges picked up on when the business was crowned Haulier of the Year in 2016.

Stobart, former chief executive of Eddie Stobart, is the youngest of Eddie’s four children. Having been involved with the famed family haulier all his life, the business was valued at £550m shortly before he stepped down earlier this year.

Maritime Transport MD John Williams secured his place in the Hall of Fame for his innovative approach of successfully combining container haulage with retail distribution, all the while retaining a pragmatic but caring approach to his drivers.

The three inductees were celebrated at the Motor Transport Awards, and join all of the event’s previous winners of the Service to Industry Award, which was this year given to former Daf Trucks UK MD Ray Ashworth.