FPS search for driver of the year begins

Left to right: Darren Gilham; FPS president Jodie Allan; Ian Peach, of OAMPS Hazardous and Duncan Grant Certas Energy.
Left to right: Darren Gilham; FPS president Jodie Allan; Ian Peach, of OAMPS Hazardous and Duncan Grant Certas Energy.
Left to right: Darren Gilham; FPS president Jodie Allan; Ian Peach, of OAMPS Hazardous and Duncan Grant Certas Energy.
Left to right: Darren Gilham; FPS president Jodie Allan; Ian Peach, of OAMPS Hazardous and Duncan Grant Certas Energy.

The Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS) has launched its annual competition to find the finest tanker driver in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Now in its 18th year, the Driver of The Year Awards 2018 sets out to find the driver who has gone the ‘extra mile’ for his/her customers or who has done something way beyond their normal duties. Sponsored by OAMPS Hazardous Industries, the award carries a £1,000 winner’s prize and two runner-up prizes of £250 each.

“These awards recognise the high standards being set by drivers in the UK and Ireland and we hope they will continue to encourage oil distributors to promote an ethos of safe driving, cleaner deliveries and outstanding customer care to create more drivers capable of winning this award,” said Dawn Shakespeare, marketing and events manager.

Last year’s winner was Darren Gilham from Certas’ Ashford depot, while Chris Brooks of NWF/Evesons Fuels, Kenilworth Depot and Clifford Tappin, of Lovell Fuels, Aylesbury, were awarded runner-up prizes.

The competition rules mean that only companies who are FPS members may submit nominations for drivers who have been employed by the company since the start of 2017. The competition is also limited to one entry per depot. The nominated driver must have had an incident free year (no accidents or spillages) in 2017.

The closing date for entries is March 1, 2018, with the winner announced the following month.

Nomination forms are available via by emailing: ds@fpsonline.co.uk