Steve Ward linehaul driver based at TNT Express only started driving nine years ago, aged 50, when he semi-retired from his previous career as a heating engineer. Having obtained his HGV licence at 21, Ward rediscovered his love of driving and the freedom it gave. An approved driving assessor since 2005, Ward now helps to develop TNT’s safe and efficient driver training. As well as coaching and demonstrating best practice for other drivers, Ward has led by example, reducing his average fuel consumption from 10.5mpg to 12.5mpg and holding an impeccable accident record.
Independent monitoring by Microlise showed Ward achieved more than 13mpg over a week when he drove 1,200 miles on night-time trunking operations. He scored 83% for green band driving and had no incidents of harsh braking, over-revving or over speeding. Microlise commented: “Good consistent performance throughout the study, and very good mpg even for operation type.” He is never late and has not had a day’s sick leave during his nine years with TNT. He also goes the extra mile in support of internal and external customers, and often helps out at the Maidstone, Kent depot by moving trailers, assisting with loading or re-routing to meet an external supplier.
Ward’s commitment to excellence extends beyond TNT and its customers into the wider community. He has been instrumental in delivering TNT’s road safety message to local schools, assisting Warwickshire County Council with a safety event called Crucial Crew targeted at primary school children. He also provides transport for one of the floats in the annual Atherstone carnival. (Motor Transport 19.07.10)
Executive Director Bob Harbey of Microlise presented Steve with his award at this years Motor Transport Awards, Grosvenor House, he later pointed out “One of our main objectives at Microlise is to highlight the important part the driver plays in reducing operating costs and maintaining a good health & safety record.”.
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