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Could one of your drivers be the next FTA Driver of the Year?

Jan 21, 2018

Thomas Kent has been named as the UK’s top driver in logistics, after a nationwide competition organised by the Freight Transport Association (FTA). Thomas works for Samworth Brothers Supply Chain in Derby.

“Reaching the top of your profession is something that many of us strive for, but few attain,” said June Powell, FTA’s Director of Operations. “From Olympic medallists to Oscar-winning actors, successful business leaders and entrepreneurs, peak performers inspire others to emulate them – and this is what Thomas does. Throughout this year’s Driver of the Year competition we have been overwhelmed by the quality and professionalism of the UK’s logistics drivers, but Thomas has rightfully gained the top prize. His skill, knowledge and understanding of the rigours of today’s logistics industry were a credit to him and his employer, and we are delighted to acknowledge his efforts with today’s award. He really is the crème de la crème!”

More than 100 drivers entered the three categories of the FTA’s Driver of the Year competition, which were sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Vans (Van Excellence), Bridgestone Tyres (18 tonnes) and Mercedes- Benz Trucks (44 tonnes). Contestants were assessed against a strict set of criteria which tested understanding of risk assessment, legislation and pre-use defect checks, as well as driving style, manoeuvring and economical driving.

Moving companies are renowned the world over for their pride in their vehicles. Taking part in next year’s FTA event could be a way of demonstrating a similar pride in their driving standards. For more information visit

Photo: Thomas Kent receiving his FTA Driver of the Year 2017 Award from FTA’s Director of Policy, Elizabeth de Jong

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