Seeking the Best Tanker Driver & Fuel Distribution Depot – UK & Ireland


The search is underway to find the best liquid fuel tanker driver and fuel distribution depot in the UK and Ireland by trade association UK and Ireland Fuel Distributors Association (UKIFDA), as part of its 40th anniversary awards celebrations at UKIFDA EXPO 2020.

 “Every year UKIFDA searches for the best fuel tanker drivers and the greatest staff members at fuel depots, to reward and thank everyone for all their hard work and commitment to the exacting standards set by the industry bodies – and every year we’re so impressed by the high calibre of the winners,” said Guy Pulham, UKIFDA Chief Executive.

“The 2020 Driver of the Year Award is once again sponsored by OAMPS Hazardous Industries, and the 2020 Depot of the Year Award is sponsored by Pen Underwriting. Both awards celebrate our industry by finding the individual who drives with the highest standards of safety and customer care as well as the depot that operates to the most exacting standard.”

To enter into the Driver and Depot of the Year competitions, the company must be a member of UKIFDA. For the Driver of the Year Award, judges are looking for a driver with an outstanding safety record and who goes the extra mile for customers. Someone that stands out from their peers. For the Depot of the Year Award, the distributor needs to show they are an industry leader when it comes to standards or that they’ve made the biggest improvements with safety and operations.  

The Driver of the Year Award winner receives the prestigious title of Tanker Driver of the Year together with £1,000 prize money and a certificate, and will be announced at the President’s Reception during UKIFDA EXPO 2020 at the Exhibition Centre, Liverpool on 10th June. 

Whereas drivers need to enter into the ‘Driver of the Year’ competition, all depots audited and passed by UKIFDA Technical Manager Tony Brown as part of the association’s Depot Certification Scheme in the past 12 months are entered automatically into the depot contest.

The audit is thorough and checks standards across 15 different sections for each depot, including tank storage, health and safety, and environmental management.

 “When it comes to the depot award, we investigate theaudit reports – part of an audit covers how every depot is operating compared to industry standards as well as how proactive, helpful and knowledgeable staff are, and how high maintenance and operational standards are,” explained Tony Brown.

Applications for the Driver of the Year Award can be sent to UKIFDA before 24 April 2020. To obtain an application form or for further information, contact Membership and Events Manager Dawn Shakespeare at