The annual Fleet Transport Awards this year were like no other. Normally Fleet Transport would be honouring Best Practice in the road haulage and choosing Irish Truck of the Year, but these unprecedented and difficult times require special solutions.
This year ‘Fleet’ took a different direction, going virtual and along with it, honouring transport and logistics companies in service during the Covid-19 crisis. With special thanks to the on-line event sponsors the Health & Safety Authority, the Road Safety Authority and Combilift, a specially commissioned #StrengthInUnity Coin will be presented to each of the Transport Heroes, together with a commemorative Certificate.
Honouring ordinary people, doing an ordinary job in extraordinary times.
The Fleet #StrengthInUnity Transport Heroes Awards hosted by RTE Radio 1’s Shay Byrne live on various internet channels demonstrated how the road transport and logistics sectors responded in one huge national effort to meet the demands of delivering vital PPE equipment, goods and services within the supply chain. All resources were made available with commercial vehicle dealers supplying additional trucks and vans while spare storage capacity was also provided by transport operators.
“It was our way and that of the wider transport community of expressing gratitude to the essential workers – the men and women in transport – that went the extra mile in keeping us safe, and well supplied with essential goods and services, they went above and beyond to keep the supply chain moving during the Coronavirus pandemic. Over that time, there was a great sense of community spirit throughout the nation by these providers, which had to be acknowledged,” said Jarlath Sweeney, Group Editor, Fleet Transport.
“Not only were road transport and logistics companies honoured at the Fleet #StrengthInUnity Transport Heroes Awards but also passenger transport operators who also kept their wheels in motion during the ongoing difficult times,” he added.
“We appreciate the country’s reliance on these transport operators to deliver medicines, food and the vital personal protection equipment (PPE) and it is right and fitting that they are recognised. These people are the champions of the road transport and passenger transport sectors. We realise too that these services are not all about vehicles, but real people and are appropriately remembered in this manner,” he concluded.
The annual Fleet Transport Irish Truck of the Year Awards, another significant element of the Fleet Transport Awards programme also changed for this year with the introduction of Best Fleet Brand Awards for both the truck and van segments. The judging criteria here included entries from the truck distributors as well as interviews with fleet operators running multi-brand vehicles. Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicles were awarded Irish Fleet Van Brand of the Year 2021 while DAF Trucks Ireland were awarded Irish Fleet Truck Brand of the Year 2021.
The recipients of the Fleet Transport #StrengthInUnity Transport Heroes Awards 2021 are as follows:
- Joanne Mellon – BWG Foods
- Crane Worldwide Logistics
- DPD Ireland
- Martin Ryan Haulage
- Pierce Kavanagh Coaches
- Polar Ice
- SEAT Ireland
- Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles
- Wexford Bus
The annual Fleet Transport Awards took a different turn from its usual Gala Dinner Banquet and Networking event and it looks forward to returning to the ‘big stage’ next year. As RTE Radio 1 host Shay Byrne concluded – “Keep safe and keep each other safe”.