Final preparations are being made for the Freight Transport Association Driver of the Year 2017 competition, hosted at Mercedes-Benz’ Wentworth Park facility, where winners and Young Drivers of the Year in three vehicle classes will be named. 


Open to all UK drivers from any business sector, the Driver of the Year competition will be judged in three vehicle contests: Van Excellence Driver of the Year sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Vans, which takes place on Tuesday 12 September; Truck Driver of the Year 18 tonne sponsored by Bridgestone, which takes place on Wednesday 13 September; and Truck Driver of the Year 44 tonne sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Trucks, which takes place on Thursday 14 September.  A Young Driver of the Year will be named in each category. 


After the three days of competition all the winners will be reassessed and an overall FTA Driver of the Year 2017 will be named, who will be presented with his or her prize at the Transport Manager Conference at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on 29 November.


Mike Belk, Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK, said: “Mercedes-Benz Trucks is delighted to be supporting FTA’s Driver of the Year competition, and we’re looking forward to welcoming the finalists to our facility at Wentworth Park in South Yorkshire. Mercedes-Benz Trucks is committed to improving road safety and driver efficiency, so we’re proud to be sponsoring the 44-tonne Truck Driver of the Year competition day on Thursday. We can’t wait to see drivers putting their skills to the test in our comfortable modern trucks which are fitted with the latest technology.”