Samworth Brothers Supply Chain Driver crowned Freight Transport Association’s (FTA) Driver of the Year

Matthew Pickering wins top industry award

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Congratulations to Matthew Pickering, Samworth Brothers Supply Chain (SBSC) driver and Driver Academy trainer who won the overall Freight Transport Association (FTA) Driver of the Year competition.  
 
Matthew initially won the 44 tonne category in the competition back in the summer, and at an industry event in November it was announced that he had beaten off the two other category winners to be crowned the FTA Driver of the Year.
 
Matthew said; “I was honoured to be chosen by SBSC to take part in this year’s FTA Driver Challenge. To go on to win the whole competition was beyond my expectations and when I was announced FTA Driver of the Year it was a very proud moment in my life.” 
 
The hard-fought contest back in the summer examined contestants’ driving skills (fuel economy and driver behaviour), manoeuvring ability, risk awareness, legislative knowledge and their ability to identify pre-use defects of the vehicle. Drivers were scored on each task and ranked based on their scores.  As category winner, he was then put forward as a contender for the overall Driver of the Year award.
 
FTA’s Julie Maddocks told the finalists: “We know from talking to our members - and you the drivers - how the vital role you play in delivering the goods is all too often overlooked, so this competition has been created to celebrate the skills and abilities of professional drivers across the freight and logistics sector and highlight the fantastic work you do on a day-to-day basis.”
 
Matthew has clocked up 26 years’ experience truck driving, having worked for Samworth Brothers Supply Chain for the past 11 years and about 1 year as a Driver Trainer at SBSC’s Driver Academy. A great achievement Matthew, Well Done!
 
Samworth Brothers Supply Chain Driver crowned Freight Transport Association’s (FTA) Driver of the Year
Matthew (right) is pictured receiving his award from FTA Chief Exec David Wells.