• Top van operators and drivers recognised at Van Excellence awards

  • The UK’s ‘best of the best’ van operators and drivers have been recognised at the 2019 Van Excellence Honours Lunch, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Vans. 

    The awards celebrate the businesses and individuals who have made a significant contribution to the industry and are setting a high standard for others to follow.   

    Kevin Green, Director of Marketing & Communications at the FTA, which administers the Van Excellence scheme, commented: “As the vans market continues to grow rapidly – there are now more than 4.3 million of them on Britain’s roads – it is important we recognise the van drivers and operators consistently leading the way in excellence. 

    “Vans play a vital and varied role in the UK economy, from a means to deliver a consumer’s online shopping to transporting a tradesman’s tools.  And the role of van drivers and operators is equally diverse: community consideration, employee welfare and use of technology all form part of their day-to-day responsibilities.  Yet too often their contribution to society is undervalued; these awards are an opportunity to change that.   

    • Van Excellence Champion of the YearRachel Bullen, Fleet Operations Manager, Cadent Gas.
    • Putting Drivers First award: Auto Electrical Services.  Highly commended: McGinley Support Services.
    • Using Technology for Good award: Cadent Gas.  Highly commended: Auto Electrical Services.
    • Keeping your Show on the Road award: Murphy Plant Limited.  Highly Commended: Reflex Vehicle Hire.
    • Making a Difference: Reflex Vehicle Hire.
    • Helping the CommunityMcGinley Support Services.  Highly Commended: Reflex Vehicle Hire.
    • Winning at Wellbeing: Auto Electrical Services.
    • Hero of the Year award, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Vans: Kevin Marriott, Sainsburys.  Highly Commended: Andrew Robbins, BT Fleet.

    Andy Eccles, the Head of Fleet at Mercedes-Benz Vans UK, added: “We are very proud to champion the van community.  Safety, compliance and innovation are important for all van owners and operators, irrespective of size, so we are pleased to help celebrate so many examples of best practice.”