Lercara beat off competition from more than 110,000 HGV drivers originally in the running, following analysis of telematics information from truck-based Microlise systems.
Specific distance awards were handed out the evening before the conference, with Lercara securing the short distance category, Ian Cupples of John Mitchell Haulage being named winner of the medium distance category and Kevin McLeod of CM Downton taking the long distance award.
In a new category, John Mitchell Haulage, of Grangemouth, Stirlingshire, won the Driver Excellence award, as a result of having the highest proportion of drivers in the top 1,000, based on the analysis of telematics data.
The University of Nottingham’s Advanced Data Analysis Centre reviewed the captured data to generate the initial shortlist, with questionnaires then collected from driver managers to highlight reasons why they might be deserving winners.
The questionnaires were independently reviewed by a judging panel that included: RHA (Road Haulage Association) CEO Richard Burnett; honorary professor at Aston Business School and former MAN Truck & Bus UK CEO Des Evans; Road Transport Media managing editor Christopher Walton; Motion Magazine editor Sharon Clancy and Microlise executive director Bob Harbey.
Watch out for nomination details, which are set to begin again in January 2017, by visiting www.microliseconference.com/awards.