Abbey Logistics has won the Microlise Driver of the Year Awards, an annual industry event that recognises the most talented HGV drivers working in the UK transport industry and acknowledges the vital work they do.

With categories based on telematics data, the awards are open to all drivers and area perfect way to reward outstanding performance and contributions to industry.

Winners are calculated using anonymous telematics data from more than 210,000 drivers which identifies the drivers achieving the highest driving performance using a range of criteria, such as harsh braking, over revving and speeding.

The University of Nottingham’s Advanced Data Analysis Centre independently studied the data (with company, contract and driver information removed), to identify the best performing drivers which were determined using advanced data clustering techniques.

The Driver Excellence award is awarded to the operator with the highest percentage of drivers in the final 1,000 as identified in the overall Driver of the Year Process.

Abbey Logistics has invested heavily in its Driver Training department as it recognises the many benefits its customers receive through a higher performing driver team.

In the last 12 months, Matthew Parry, Abbey’s Driver Training Manager has overseen several developments in the way the company trains its driver team.

He said: “This award demonstrates with independent data that the approach we are taking to driver training is working, and working quickly.

“LGV training doesn’t stop when a driver gets their licence. Further training throughout a driver’s career is essential to ensure that the skills learned before they took their test stay up-to-date, and complacency and bad habits don’t creep in.

“In addition, there are always new ways to develop and improve in any role and the structure we have in place at Abbey encourages our drivers continuously learn and fine tune their skills.

“This year our Driver Trainers have completed RTITB’s LGV Fleet Instructor training, which they have taken back to the driver teams with a focus on industry-leading training standards specifically designed to change behaviour and make measurable improvements to efficiency, risk and safety.

“Supporting this and to ensure our drivers are up-to date with their CPC hours, Abbey Logistics Group is now a JAUPT approved training centre, delivering both classroom and In Cab Driver CPC courses, this allows us to deliver the most effective training course we can, and not just simply meet the demands of driver CPC legislation.”


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