Truck and Track Spring 2024

Truck and Track Spring 2024 12 BUSINESS NEWS Microlise Group, a leading global provider of technology solutions, has officially crowned the winners of its 2024 Driver of the Year (DOTY) awards. Earlier today at the Microlise Transport Con2ference, the Co-op’s Fraser Macalister was named as this year’s ‘Overall Driver of the Year’, having been selected from a wide and highquality pool of over 230,000 drivers. During an exclusive annual awards and black-tie VIP dinner on Monday 18th March, Fraser also won in the Group’s ‘Short Distance’ category, with Andrew Phillips from Tesco and Kevin Bullard from CCF Colchester/Travis Perkins coming a close second and third. The ‘Long Distance’ category was won by David Staley from BSS Group, while David Rideout from Gist raised this year’s ‘Medium Distance’ winner’s trophy. The ‘Driver Excellence’ Award – for the operator with the highest percentage of drivers in the ‘final 1000’ as identified in the overall Driver of the Year Process – was presented to Maritime Transport, with Menzies Distribution and last year’s winner Yodel coming a close second and third. Collecting the Award for going the ‘Extra Mile’ and delivering an outstanding level of service was John Lewis Partnership Driver Terence Childs, while EV Cargo’s Marlon Lessey walked away with this year’s ‘Compliance Award’. Meanwhile, in recognition of new talent, Stobart’s Kamil Krakowiak took the Young Driver Award and, for time served with outstanding loyalty and commitment, the Lifetime Achievement Award went to Hovis’ Driver, Philip Devonport. This year’s ‘Most Improved’ Award was proudly received by Jade Small from Waitrose and the ‘Driver Hero’ award – for remaining calm in an emergency while courageously helping others – was received by Gordon Adair, from Tennent Caledonian Brewers (C&C GRP). Commenting on the Driver of the Year Awards ceremony, Paul Jurevicius, Business Development Director, Microlise Group said, “This year’s judging was incredibly difficult, as the standard of candidates was extremely high across all disciplines, with so many worthy winners. It makes me proud to be part of an industry with so many professional, dedicated drivers, who constantly go the extra mile to help others.” Fellow judge, Andy Stewart, Editor of Truck & Driver added, “It’s fantastic to see such strong contenders in this year’s competition. Having so many deserving nominees across each of the categories made picking overall winners very difficult. So huge congratulations to the winning drivers, and also to everyone who was nominated – you’re all outstanding drivers and great ambassadors for the industry.” All 24 finalists received a Porsche track day at Silverstone, and winners were presented with commemorative trophies. Microlise Crowns 2024 Driver of the Year Winners The Group has welcomed nine new drivers into its Driver of the Year Hall of Fame The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK – CILT(UK) – has published a comprehensive manifesto request outlining policy priorities and recommendations for the future of the UK’s transport, logistics and supply chain sector ahead of the 2024 General Election. Created by experts from across the transport, logistics and supply chain sector, the manifesto request stresses the need for long-term funding commitments, local decision-making and policies to achieve net zero emissions across all transport modes. The document argues that limiting spending on transport would reduce productivity and tax revenues. It calls for stable, long-term funding settlements for rail infrastructure and services. The manifesto request also argues local authorities should be given more autonomy over local transport decisions, while still coordinating with national networks. Achieving net zero carbon emissions across aviation, shipping, rail and road is highlighted as an urgent priority. CILT(UK) recommends government support for industry-led initiatives to develop electric and alternative fuel vehicles, renewable energy charging infrastructure and incentives to shift freight from road to more carbon-efficient rail and maritime routes. CILT(UK) also emphasises the need to develop skills and training to support the transition to electric transport and new supply chain roles. Specific policy actions recommended for the next government’s first 18 months include: requiring local planners to enable sustainable transport options, exploring alternative road taxation models, providing funding to improve bus and coach networks, implementing rail ticketing reform, and supporting private sector investment in rail freight. “Transport, logistics and the supply chain is pivotal to so many issues voters care about — jobs, communities, climate change, air quality. That’s why transport policy deserves serious debate in the run-up to the election. We hope this document can help raise the level of discussion and help guide the next government in developing prudent, far-sighted policies that deliver a world-class 21st century transport system for the UK,” Daniel Parker-Klein, Director of Policy and Communications at CILT(UK) said. The full CILT(UK) pre-election manifesto request is available online. CILT(UK) calls for strategic investment in transport and logistics in pre-election manifesto request