A galaxy of flagship trucks, worthy of inclusion in the ‘Star Ship Enterprise’ fleet head the bill at this year’s Fleet Transport Irish Truck of the Year Awards 2022. After a short sabbatical last year due to the Covid pandemic, seven range toppers currently on sale in Ireland from leading truck brands Iveco, MAN, Mercedes-Benz, Renault Trucks, Scania and Volvo Trucks are in contention for this prestigious honour.
Examples of these contenders in the Flagship Tractor-unit class participated in a group test trial session held at The Johnstown Estate Hotel, Enfield, County Meath. They were joined by five rigid trucks competing in the Distribution categories. There was also a selection of eco-friendly trucks and vans powered by either Natural Gas or Battery Electric shortlisted in the Green Commercial of the Year Awards categories.
Each vehicle was scrutinised by an expert jury panel consisting of experienced trade journalists, technicians, driver trainers and professional drivers. As well as driving and appraising each vehicle, they attended product presentations by each commercial vehicle brand during the busy three day exercise.
Due to the Coronavirus restrictions, the annual competition to find the most efficient, comfortable and safe trucks on offer to Irish customers, took a year out in 2020. The restored campaign has been welcomed by the industry, according to Jarlath Sweeney, Group Editor Fleet Publications, organisers of the 17th running of the event. “Yes, it is good to be back with another great line-up of high-spec commercial vehicles for this year’s awards programme. Thanks to the truck and van brands, as usual, for their participation and continuous support for the awards which remain as competitive as ever.”
The announcement of the winners of the Fleet Transport Irish Truck of the Year Awards and Green Commercial of the Year Awards will be made later in the year.