Six months of rigorous monitoring and testing of British Gypsum’s drivers culminated in the British Gypsum Driver of the Year final on 14th September hosted at Pallet Force, Burton-on-Trent.
The Driver of the Year scheme has been running since 2014 and forms part of British Gypsum’s driver development programme, which puts a heavy focus on sustainability, customer service and safety. The scheme is designed to improve driver behaviour across British Gypsum’s haulage partners.
All British Gypsum HGVs have telematics installed, which monitor a number of driving behaviours including over revving, harsh breaking and harsh cornering. The company works closely with all of its drivers to reduce these and offers support across any areas of development that are identified through the programme.
“We demand the highest safety standards from our drivers and do everything we can to support their development. The Driver of the Year final which has been running since 2014 is an important recognition event for the contribution our drivers and support teams make in delivering a safe and sustainable transport network.” - Jagdip Gill, Supply Chain Director, British Gypsum.
After a series of regional qualifying heats involving 350 drivers, ten were invited to the final where they participated in a series of six monitored activities – driving assessment, manoeuvring, coupling, uncoupling, vehicle defect identification, load securing and risk profiling. The activities are designed to show not only the drivers’ skills, but their mechanical, technological and theoretical knowledge.
Steve North from CEVA was awarded Driver of the Year, Thomas Goodsell from Jempsons was awarded Most Improved Driver and Jempsons won the overall team award. Last year’s winner Julian Spencer has been an ambassador for British Gypsum drivers, highlighting the key benefits the programme has awarded him. Steve will continue this work into 2018.
“We are always delighted to host this prestigious event, but particularly this year as it has benefitted from the magnificent facilities of our new SuperHub here in Burton. This is an initiative that encourages excellence, safety and promotes skills development in all areas of HGV driving, and we would like to congratulate Jempsons on their success. To win both Team of the Year and Most Improved Driver is deserved recognition both for the efforts Steve, Tom and the team have put in over the last 12 months, and also the ongoing programme of driver improvement implemented by Jempsons and British Gypsum.” – Michael Conroy, Chief Executive, Palletforce.
The Driver of the Year 2017 scheme was sponsored by three of British Gypsum’s third-party logistics providers DHL, CEVA and Jempsons. Plans for the 5 th edition of the Driver of the Year programme are already in place for 2018.