One of C M Downton’s drivers, Kevin McLeod, has been named as a finalist in the Microlise Driver of the Year 2016 awards – beating off competition from more than 100,000 original entrants.
The competition is held every year, with commercial drivers from across the country assessed based on data gathered from Microlise telematics systems installed in their vehicles. Analysts from the University of Nottingham assess tens of thousands of drivers against a range of criteria such as harsh braking, idling and speeding, choosing finalists in three categories: short, medium and long distance.
Kevin, who is based at Downton’s Magor depot, is one of the three finalists selected in the long distance category. As a finalist, Kevin has won a day at the Porsche Experience Centre at Silverstone and will have the chance to be crowned the overall winner of the category at the awards ceremony next month.
Kevin McLeod said: “This is a fantastic surprise. I’m sure I’m up against some strong competition for the big prize, but just to be named as a finalist is a real honour – and I’m really looking forward to the day at Silverstone!”
Downton operations director John Downton said: “We are now one of the UK’s fastest growing logistics companies, and our fleet and our nationwide operation is expanding all the time. We need to know that our drivers are upholding the highest possible standards of road safety and driving efficiency, so it makes us extremely proud to have Kevin and drivers like him working for us.”
Two of Downton’s other drivers – Clive Hussey and Spencer Frangos, also based at the Magor depot – were also shortlisted for the long distance category. However, it was Kevin who made it through to the final stage of the competition.
He will find out whether he has triumphed as the ultimate winner of the long distance category at a VIP awards ceremony at the Ricoh Arena on 17 May.