Bus and HGV technicians win inaugural IRTE Fleet Engineer awards 07 October 2016

The winners of the inaugural IRTE Fleet Engineer of the Year awards are Eddie Cross, London Borough of Redbridge (bus and coach category) and Allan Eyre, formerly of Flogas (HGV category).

Announced at the IRTE conference dinner last week (27 September), the awards were presented by Beverley Bell, senior traffic commissioner and patron of the Society of Operations Engineers (IRTE’s parent organisation), and Chris Grime, chair of IRTE Services.

London Borough of Redbridge’s Eddie Cross came top in the bus and coach category, with judges noting his efforts in promoting best practice, efficient operations and safe working in the PCV industry, as well as his improvement of fleet efficiency through tyre management and adoption of the Easi-Pedal system.

Winning the HGV category, former Flogas employee Allan Eyre was cited for improving operations through a ‘one fleet’ approach, as well as his efforts to improve perception of the LPG/LNG service.

Ian Chisholm, SOE chief executive, says: “Efficient fleet operation is one of the cornerstones of the road transport industry, and those working to improve on the outstanding progress already made in this area fully deserve to be recognised for those efforts.

“I would like to thank all entrants for the high quality of submissions and congratulate Eddie and Allan on a win they should both be rightly proud of.”

Entrants were judged by members of the IRTE’s technical committee.

Laura Cork

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