The Freight Transport Association has launched its annual search for the UK’s best CV driver.

Held in association with tyre giant Bridgestone, the competition is open to all UK drivers from any business sector and will be judged in three vehicle categories – van, 18 and 44 tonnes.

The 2017 edition will also see the introduction of a Young Driver of the Year competition, for those aged under 30, designed to recongise emerging talents within the logistics industry.

Those shortlisted for the finals will take part in an assessment day at Mercedes-Benz, where the winners and Young Drivers of each vehicle category will be named.

Whoever wins this year will follow in the tracks of Matt Pickering of Samworth Brothers Supply Chain. “Winning the FTA Driver of the Year was a great achievement.  It was a wonderful accolade for me to be recognised for the hard work that we do to maintain the very highest standards of service for our customers,” he said.

The first place winner will receive a £1,000 holiday voucher with second and third place receiving an iPad and a Red Letter Day voucher worth £150 respectively.

Carlie Nowell, head of events at FTA added: “To be a successful logistics driver you need to have a broad array of skills. As well as being able to manoeuvre a large vehicle safely, efficiently and cost effectively to a tight timetable on Britain’s crowded roads, successful drivers must have excellent observation and concentration, as well as an understanding of the safety procedures and the legal requirements for a heavily regulated industry.”

It costs £50 plus VAT to enter the competition and the deadline for entries is 28 July.

To enter, click here