Pictured at the launch of Ireland's Best Truck Driver 2016 competition at Mondello Park are Fergus Conheady, Sales Manager; Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicles Ireland, Deborah Lowndes; Enprova,Leonard Allison; Fleet Transport and Roddy Green, Managing Director, Mondello Park.

For the 2016 running of Ireland’s Best Truck Driver Competition, the Grand Final will be held during the Mondello Truck Show, on 3 & 4 September next.

The third annual contest to seek the safest and most efficient truck driver in Ireland, organised by Fleet Transport magazine is set to reach a much broader audience while part of the programme of events at the 2016 Mondello Truck Show.

Once again energy conservation body Enprova has come on board as title sponsors and supported by Mercedes-Benz, FleetBoard, Mondello Park and Advancedrive with input from the Health & Safety Authority.

Commenting on adding Ireland’s Best Truck Driver Competition to the ‘Festival of Entertainment’ planned for the Mondello Truck Show weekend, Roddy Green, Managing Director, Mondello Park, said: “We are pleased that our media partners Fleet Transport is bringing the Grand Final of Ireland’s Best Truck Driver to the Mondello Truck Show this year as it will have a ready made audience from the event attendees with excellent viewing platforms surrounding the Paddock where the manoeuvring tests will be held. It is all part of a much bigger focus on fun, entertainment and family activities throughout the weekend.”

At the recent Waterford Truck Show and Cavan ‘Full of the Pipe’ Show, a large number of entries were received along with enquiries from interested parties all across the country coming through the Fleet Transport office.

“We are delighted to be in a position to move to the Mondello Truck Show for the final of the competition, which is a perfect venue and event for the contest of this nature,” explained Jarlath Sweeney, Editor, Fleet Transport.  “The format remains similar to the competition over the past two years with the finalists selected over two rounds, firstly with the road safety and driver theory questionnaire, then through an eco-driving test to ascertain the shortlist, followed by the Grand Final, which is a manoeuvring test and load security challenge to be held on the first day of the Mondello Truck Show 2016 on 3 September next.”

Drivers will get the opportunity to pit their skills against the performance figures accumulated by the FleetBoard telematics system on board the new Mercedes-Benz Actros 1845 Fuel Duel 4×2 tractor-unit