Industry views | 14 September 2017
By Dean Clamp, Group HSEQ Director
As an industry we are reliant on our skilled drivers to deliver for us and our customers. Heavy goods vehicle drivers (HGV) and mechanical handling equipment drivers (MHE) are core to our success and we work hard to recruit, train and develop them in their careers.
Wincanton’s annual Driver of the Year event has been running for 14 years is our opportunity to celebrate the strength and depth of drivers that we have in the business. It’s also an opportunity for the drivers to test themselves against the best in the business. As you would expect it’s hard to reach the finals as we assess each entrant over several months to ensure that we find the very best in our business.
This select few are then invited to a grand final where we put their knowledge and experience to work in a series of challenges which are designed not only to test their skill but do so in a fun and exciting way. One example would be the pirate test where drivers must complete a reversing manoeuvre with an eye patch. A particular favourite of the organising team.
Health & Safety has always been at the top of the list when it comes to scoring our drivers and this year is no different. Ensuring the safety of our drivers, other road users and the public is the first priority of our business and finalists will be expected to demonstrate their commitment to health and safety beyond anything else. As competitions are scored by our dedicated and industry-leading team of driver trainers, you can be sure that high standards will be expected throughout the day.
Driver of the Year is a fantastic day to celebrate the great work our drivers are doing day in, day out. As the largest British logistics company we rely on the integrity, skill and experience of our drivers and we want to do our very best to ensure that they’re the best in the business. We recognise how important they are to the success of our business which is why Driver of the Year is such a big event in our calendar.
Testing skills, experience and health & safety knowledge, all the finalists should feel extremely proud of their achievements, as we are of all the finalists. The event will recognise winners in LGV Driver of the Year and MHE Driver of the Year with 12 finalists in each category battling it out on the day for their chance to be crowned champion.
This year’s final will take place on 14th September at Silverstone race track. For the latest on the event follow us on Twitter (@wincantonplc) or use our event hashtag #WincantonDOTY