Van ‘Hero Of The Year’


Mercedes-Benz Vans has teamed up with the FTA Van Excellence Programme to find a Hero of the Year who will be crowned at the inaugural FTA Van Excellence Honours this month.

The first FTA Van Excellence Honours Lunch will celebrate the ‘best of the best’ van operators in the industry, and recognise and reward businesses that place safety and compliance at the heart of their operations.  The Hero of the Year Award, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Vans, seeks to recognise the outstanding and selfless acts of valour or kindness by an individual driver.

“We are proud to champion van drivers for keeping the nation moving,” Andy Eccles, Head of Fleet at Mercedes-Benz Vans, said.  “The Hero of the Year award cements just how important this hard-working community is by rewarding the driver who has gone above and beyond for the benefit of others.

“It is open to every van driver in Britain who has undertaken a heroic act – perhaps there is a driver who has saved someone’s life while out working, or undertaken amazing feats to raise money for charity – we’d love to celebrate these stories.”

Mark Cartwright, Head of Vans at the FTA, added: “Van drivers are some of the most hard-working and dedicated individuals in the UK.  Throughout my eight years’ service with Van Excellence, I’ve seen countless instances of drivers going above and beyond; I’m thrilled to now have a platform to publicly recognise and record these community pillars.”