STAFF at a Newton Abbot-based family transport firm are celebrating after one of their drivers was presented with a prestigious national award.
Richard Reed, who has worked for W L Vallance since 2001, beat more than 50 drivers within his own company and over 1,000 nationwide to win the Driver of the Year award in the Fortec Distribution Network's annual awards ceremony.
Richard, who lives in Chudleigh, said: "I am delighted to have been presented with this award. When I was invited I thought it was just to represent the drivers at Newton Abbot. I feel lucky and very pleased to have been presented with the award. When I come into work I come in with the aim of getting as much done as possible and keeping the customers happy. I never imagined I'd be presented with an award for it."
Sponsored by Mercedes Benz Trucks, Richard won the award based on his work ethic. Specifically his attitude, appearance, reliability, timekeeping and communication were among the many aspects highlighted by Andrew Knowles, Fortec Operations Director, who presented the award.
The ceremony was held at Carden Park Hotel in Chester.