Gateshead fleet manager voted best in the business 05 December 2012

The man tasked with keeping all of Gateshead Council's 325 commercial vehicles on the road has been declared the best transport manager in the UK.

The GreenFleet award – presented annually to the fleet manager who has demonstrated innovation, dedication and a commitment to carbon reduction – was presented to fleet manager Graham Telfer.

Telfer manages a fleet of vehicles from gritter lorries to small cars, refuse trucks, minibuses and 32-tonne trucks. His fleet also includes two electric cars, 10 electric vans and four diesel-electric hybrid vans, plus another 13 vehicles equipped with stop-start technology.

"Graham has a difficult and demanding job, and it's a testament to his considerable ability that he somehow manages to keep everyone moving more or less all the time," comments John Robinson, strategic director of local environmental services at Gateshead council.

"For a local authority to have a competent fleet manager is essential and I am delighted that in Graham we clearly have the best in the country," he adds.

"It's a huge honour to receive a national recognition like this, but I'm especially pleased that Gateshead Council has been recognised for being on the leading edge of new vehicle technologies," comments Telfer, who is now 'Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year 2012'.

John Challen

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