Mark Toon-Ginnette, based at Veolia’s Hinckley depot was crowned ‘Driver of the Year’ in the rigid category, and Ken Beilby, based at Veolia’s Hampshire depot was awarded the title in the articulated category. Both drivers received a winner’s trophy and holiday vouchers.
The company launched the competition to acknowledge the important role drivers play in the frontline of customer services and representing the brand, 121 drivers qualified for the regional heats and 30 drivers made it through to the final.
The finalists, who were supported by family and friends, took part in a challenging day held recently at Wentworth Park in Barnsley where they had their driving skills and knowledge put to the test. A team of independent judges assessed them in three key areas; on road challenge, fault clinic and obstacle test. The on road challenge assessed their driving skills while out on the public road. The fault clinic tested observation skills and required the drivers to carry out a walk-round check of a vehicle within a set timeframe of 10 minutes and the obstacle assessment tested reverse and forward manoeuvring skills.
Tom Spaul, chief operating officer at Veolia Environmental Services said: “Our drivers are great brand ambassadors by driving our vehicles safely and competently on roads right across the country every single day. We therefore felt it was important to recognise the critical role they play in the success of our business. I was lucky enough to attend the Driver of the Year grand final day and present the winners with their prizes. I am already looking forward to next year’s event.”