ABBEY’S DRIVER OF THE YEAR 2020
Our winner this year Roger Kretzschmar, a highly talented bulk liquid HGV driver
Last February, Abbey launched its 2020 HGV Driver of the Year competition. The award is designed to celebrate and recognise the skills and abilities of our HGV driver team and show our appreciation for the job they do.
D riving an HGV is challenging, and a career as a driver requires a specific mindset and unique abilities; it’s not your typical 9-to-5 and although most people take trucks on the road for granted, without the drivers the UK’s economy would grind to a halt. Class 1 drivers are the backbone of the supply chain. It would be impossible for the economy to grow or even to function without them. Almost every industry relies on Class 1 drivers at some stage of the supply chain; take a look around you, chances are that each product you see, from the furniture to the clothes you’re wearing to the food you eat, has been moved by an HGV at some point. It goes without saying that our drivers are vital to Abbey’s success and our Driver of the Year competition is intended to recognise the crucial role they play in our company and remind people of the importance of the work they do across all sectors.
A SLIGHT CHANGE OF PLAN Drivers have been earning points in a variety of different ways, from driving style to customer feedback. The plan was for the highest-scoring driver from each depot to earn a place in the Grand Final, which was to be held at the stunning Oulton Park motor- racing circuit in Cheshire. Unfortunately, due to current restrictions, the Grand Final was not possible this year and, instead, the winner was decided on the basis of their points earned in the year. THE SCORING SYSTEM Using data recorded by Microlise, our trucks’ in-cab telematics system, we monitor driving style. Points are awarded each month based on Microlise’s own scoring systems. In addition to winning points for driving style, drivers can also pick up points by completing FORS training modules, for CPC course attendance, and for positive feedback from customers. Points are lost for infringements, blameworthy
THE SPONSORS We have been incredibly lucky to have had some very generous suppliers who kindly lent their support to our competition and donated prizes. Prizes were awarded to the top ten drivers and included trophies, £1,000 holiday vouchers, grandstand tickets to Truckfest, Amazon Echos, VIP tickets to a Superbike race of the drivers’ choice, Fitbit watches, goody bags from Mercedes Trucks, and driver jackets from DAF trucks. THE WINNERS Our overall winner this year was Roger Kretzschmar, a highly talented bulk liquid HGV driver from our Erith depot. Roger was presented with his trophy and prizes by Steve Granite at our head office. Second place went to Jerry Buckley, also a bulk liquid driver, who is based at our depot in Hull, and third went to Mark Lambert, one of the drivers working on our contract
with Hovis, transporting bulk flour across the UK.
accidents, fixed penalty notices and absences.
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