SHORTLIST 2019
We are delighted to announce the shortlist of finalists for the Motor Transport Awards 2019. 

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Apprenticeship of the Year

Sponsored by CBRE


This award celebrates excellence in apprenticeship schemes. Each company has demonstrated success in attracting and retaining high quality recruits that continue to make a positive contribution to their business and wider industry.

The 2019 shortlisted entries are:

Close Brothers Asset Finance

Fowler Welch

Imperial Commercials

Nagel-Langdons

Tesco

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Best Use of Technology Award

Sponsored by Bridgestone UK

This award celebrates a project that has used the latest technology, whether within vehicles, components, infrastructure or within IT, to enhance a service and resulted in a clear benefit to the customers or an improvement in efficiency.

The 2019 shortlisted entries are:

Air Products

DPD UK

Ocado

UPS

VLS

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Business Excellence Award

Sponsored by Hireco

This award celebrates companies that are promoting best working practices within the commercial vehicle and road freight sector. The Business Excellence prize will be awarded to the company that can demonstrate commitment and excellence in financial performance, a long-term business growth strategy, care for the environment, excellent corporate social responsibility, high service levels and outstanding staff development and retention programmes.

The 2019 shortlisted entries are:

McCulla (Ireland)

Palletforce

Whirlpool UK Appliances

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Customer Care Award

Sponsored by Isuzu Truck

This award celebrates excellent customer care from all levels of an organisation as well as businesses that are going above and beyond to delight customers and use that to grow their business.

The 2019 shortlisted entries are:

ArrowXL

DPD UK

Pickfords

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Fleet Truck of the Year

Sponsored by Chevron Lubricants


The Fleet Truck of the Year award celebrates the best truck of the year. Judges have selected these finalists based on their productivity (including reliability and vehicle uptime), fuel efficiency, driver acceptance, manufacturer/dealer support and total cost of ownership. Other factors that were considered for this award include customer service, warranty, finance packages and after sales support. 

The 2019 shortlisted entries are:

DAF CF

DAF XF

Scania R-series

Volvo FH

Volvo FM

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Fleet Van of the Year

Sponsored by Close Brothers Vehicle Hire


The Fleet Van of the Year award celebrates the best light commercial vehicle under 7.5 tonne GVW for the year. Judges looked for productivity (including reliability and vehicle uptime), fuel efficiency, driver acceptance, manufacturer/dealer support and total cost of ownership when selecting our finalists. Other factors that were taken into consideration were customer service, warranty,  finance packages and after sales support. 

The 2019 shortlisted entries are:

Ford Transit Custom

MAN TGE

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Peugeot Partner

VW Transporter

3
Fleet Van Operator of the Year

Sponsored by Renault Trucks

This award celebrates organisations that are achieving outstanding standards of performance in professionalism, productivity, customer service, health and safety, training environment and well-structured apprenticeship schemes that suit the business needs.

The 2019 shortlisted entries include:

City Plumbing Supplies Holdings

Ocado

Scottish Water

4
Haulier of the Year

Sponsored by Volvo Trucks

The most coveted award in the road transport industry! This award celebrates outstanding road haulage or 3PL company of the past year. To win you will need to show a tremendous all-round commitment to legal compliance, business success, high operational standards, staff development, safety, health, environment and quality.

The 2019 shortlisted entries are: 

ADD Express

Culina Group

DFDS Logistics UK

Fagan & Whalley

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Home Delivery Operator of the Year

Sponsored by Cartwright Group

This award celebrates those that have set themselves apart from their competition and position themselves as the home delivery operator of choice. Entries were asked to demonstrate a strong business performance matched by service excellence including first time delivery rates; high levels of customer service and an ability to meet the ever changing demands for the end recipient who is driving the market for more flexible delivery options.

The 2019 shortlisted entries include:

DPD UK

Hermes

Ocado

Wren Kitchens

4
Innovation Award

Sponsored by Goodyear

This award celebrates transport operators and product and service manufacturers or suppliers who can show outstanding innovation in developing a product, service or operation. Judges were looking for evidence of how creative thinking has been applied to solve a problem. 

The 2019 shortlisted entries are:

Brigade Electronics

Grid Smarter Cities

Microlise

Wheely-Safe

4
Livery of the Year

Sponsored by Pirelli Truck

This award celebrates trucks and trailers that have been used as mobile billboards by operators to present a strong, positive image of the company and the transport industry to the public. Judges were looking for a modern, stylish livery that gets across its message clearly and effectively. 

The 2019 shortlisted entries are:

CEMEX UK

Restore Datashred

Travis Perkins

WH Bowker

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Low Carbon Award

Sponsored by Fraikin


This award celebrates operators who has made significant progress in reducing carbon emissions by improving the efficiency of its operation and/or by the use of alternative fuels and drive trains (such as natural gas, LPG, full electric, hybrids etc).

The 2019 shortlisted entries are:

Guernsey Post

Hermes UK

McCulla (Ireland)

TRAILAR

UPS

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Operational Excellence Award

This award celebrates the operations department, often the unsung heroes who go above and beyond. Judges were looking for an outstanding operations department that juggles the need for the business to make a profit, the demands of customers for high service levels and the absolute requirement to run legally at all times.

The 2019 shortlisted entries are:

City Plumbing Supplies Holdings

Restore Datashred

Speedy Asset Services

Wren Kitchens

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Partnership Award

This award celebrates genuine partnerships between: operator(s) and a customer; two or more operators working together; or operator(s) working with a supplier or consultant.

The 2019 shortlisted entries are:

Clipper Logistics

Pall-Ex (UK)

The Haulage Holdings Organisation

The Swain Group

Wincanton

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Safety in Operation Award

Sponsored by VisionTrack


This award celebrates entrants who showed either an exceptional commitment to all-round operational safety or described a specific successful initiative designed to improve safety in a particular area of the operation. 

The 2019 shortlisted entries are:

BOC

Greenergy Flexigrid

Pall-Ex

Palletline

Rase Distribution

Wren Kitchens

4
Team of the Year

Sponsored by Aquarius IT

This award celebrates the group of people able to demonstrate that they have worked closely together to either deliver a major project or consistently over-achieved in their field of operation. 

The 2019 shortlisted entries are:

Collett & Sons

DPD UK

Fowler Welch

Stagefreight

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Technical Excellence Award

Sponsored by Hankook Tyre UK

This award celebrates whoever is responsible for managing the specification, acquisition, repair and maintenance and disposal of an operator’s fleet. To win this award entrants have to demonstrate industry-leading levels of cost efficiency, reliability, availability, safety and first-time annual test pass rates. Innovation is also essential – this could involve reducing fuel consumption, being more efficient or using technology creatively to solve a specific technical fleet problem.

The 2019 shortlisted entries are:

Balfour Beatty

Cartwright Group

SDC Trailers

Wren Kitchens

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Training Award

Sponsored by Palletforce

This award celebrates businesses that have shown how they have improved the performance of their company or operation through training staff in the last 12 to 18 months. 

The 2019 shortlisted entries are:

ArrowXL

Genesee & Wyoming

Gerrard's of Swinton

Knights of Old Group

O'Donovan Waste Disposal

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Urban Delivery Operator of the Year

Sponsored by Prohire

This award celebrates the innovative solutions that the logistics industry is developing to keep our towns and cities safe, clean and quiet. Judges wanted to see entries which showed ingenuity when navigating the logistics of increasingly crowded cities whilst complying with the growing body of environmental rules and regulations. 

The 2019 shortlisted entries are:

Bimson Haulage

DPD UK

O’Donovan Waste Disposal

Restore Datashred

Wilson James