This year’s Microlise Driver of the Year winners have been awarded. The overall winner is Rafal Kolanko from Samworth Brothers. Mr Kolanko won the Medium Distance category and went on to be awarded the overall winner for 2017 at the Microlise Transport Conference.
The competition included over 120,00 HGV drivers, so becoming the winner is quite an achievement. Well done Mr Kolanko, Samworth Brothers must be very proud as their driver Laura Farnsworth claimed the title Young Driver of the Year.
“When we started the awards a few years ago, we intended to focus entirely on drivers and shine a light on the excellent work they are doing day in and day out,” said Microlise Executive Director Bob Harbey. “They really are at the heart of the transport industry and we wanted to use our unique position to review anonymous driving data from hundreds of thousands of drivers to showcase the best performers. All of the winners, those short-listed and the top thousand deserve credit for the excellent work they are doing and the way they conduct themselves.”
The HGV Hero category shows just what HGV drivers are made of. John Harrington of DHL helped to save the life of an elderly gentleman suffering a heart attack after being flagged down. His counterpart at Eddie Stobart, Robert Brown, attended the scene of a road traffic collision and crawled into a smashed up car to comfort a frightened young girl until the emergency services arrived.
There were a range of organisations represented by their drivers, including: B&Q, Bibby Distribution, Brocklesby, Ceva, Chamberlain Transport, Culina, DHL, DX Freight, Eddie Stobart, Goldstar Transport, Hovis, Muller, Royal Mail, Samworth Brothers, Tesco and Warburtons
These winners all enjoyed a day at the Porsche track courtesy of MAN Truck & Bus UK.
Winner: Michael Young – Culina
Runner up: Alan Cobb – Ceva
Runner up: Anthony Fieldhouse – DX Freight
Overall winner: Rafal Kolanko – Samworth Brothers
Runner up: Mark Close – Brocklesby
Runner up: Anthony Niles – Culina
Winner: Peter Jones – Chamberlain Transport
Runner up: Jason Jeffry – Goldstar Transport
Runner up: John Seggons – Bibby Distribution
Winner: Chamberlain Transport
Winner: Stuart McClellan – Bibby Distribution
Runner up: Neil Salmon & Clive Everson – B&Q
Runner up: Peter Cochrane – Samworth Brothers
Winner: John Harrington – DHL
Runner up: Robert Brown – Eddie Stobart
Winner: Catherine Eastbourne – Warburtons
Runner up: Clive Sutton – Bibby Distribution
Runner up: Michael Roberts – Royal Mail
Winner: Laura Farnsworth – Samworth Brothers
Runner up: Thomas Virtue – Hovis
Runner up: Grszegorz Kepinski – Muller
Winner: Richard Ireson – Tesco
Runner up: Paul Thompson – Bibby Distribution
Runner up: John Seeley – Hovis