Another new category in the 2014 Motor Transport Awards will be Operational and Compliance Excellence, sponsored by tachograph and road transport legislation experts Tachodisc.

The operations department of any transport operator – own account or third party - contains many of the key people who make the logistics world work. Often the unsung heroes of the business, they have to juggle the need for the business to make a profit, the demands of customers for high service levels and the absolute requirement to run legally at all times.

This high pressure environment involves long working hours, managing drivers, keeping up to speed with the complexities of transport law and O-licensing, dealing with customers and making sure revenue exceeds costs in a low margin sector where one mistake can push a job from profit into loss.

This award will go to the outstanding ops department that is able to balance these key aspects of the job and goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the profitable, safe, legal and efficient running of their fleet. Anyone who previously entered Transport Manager of the Year should consider entering their operations and compliance team into this category.