Entries open as Fleet Transport Awards 2019 are launched

It’s time to sharpen your PC’s cursor and start filling in those forms, as the 2019 edition of Ireland’s largest and most prestigious awards programme for the road transport and haulage industry has been offi cially launched. Mark your diaries for Th ursday, 11 October 2018 when the Fleet Transport Awards 2019 Gala Banquet & Networking Event will take place at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin.

Th is will be the 12th running of what has become a must-attend event for anybody and everybody working in the road haulage and transport sectors. Last year, over one thousand people packed into Citywest to see the best in the industry, honoured for their endeavours, while availing of an unequalled opportunity to network and liaise with colleagues.

Th is year 17 different awards are up for grabs, including the overall Fleet Transport Irish Haulier of the Year 2019 and Fleet Transport Irish Truck of the Year 2019.

Speaking at the launch photo-call at Rosslare Europort, Jarlath Sweeney, Group Editor at Fleet Publications said that the event continues to go from strength to strength. “Recognising the best in the Irish transport sector is what the Fleet Transport Awards are about, as well as providing an unrivalled opportunity for networking with others in the industry.

Year-on-year the standards of road transport operators and hauliers continue to rise, and I am certain that this year will see the bar raised even higher once again.”

Rosslare Europort returns as the title sponsor of the Irish Haulier of the Year Awards, 2019 and Glenn Carr, General Manager Freight/Rosslare Europort said the major shipping gateway to Britain and Europe was delighted to once again support the event.

“It is a pleasure for Rosslare Europort to once again be associated with such prestigious awards that recognises the very best in road transport and haulage in Ireland. Th e annual Fleet Transport Awards also offers the opportunity to showcase Rosslare Europort and the contribution it makes at regional, national and international levels.”

Last year, Cavan based Virginia Transport won the prestigious Irish Haulier of the Year 2018 title as well as International Haulier of the Year 2018. Ray Cole of Virginia Transport said that partaking was hugely worthwhile for the company. “It was a massive achievement for all of our team. Virginia Transport is a family business and a lot of our employees have been with us for ten or twenty years. It was a great achievement for them that all of the hard work paid off , and to get the recognition from the industry to win the award.”

He highly recommends that other hauliers and transport operators take part: “It’s a very good thing to do. It shows that you’re a good business and you can run a good show, and to win means an awful lot.”

Hosting the Fleet Transport Awards 2019 will be RTE Radio 1 ‘Risin’ Time’ presenter Shay Byrne. Th e Dubliner is excited to be compère for the event for the fi rst time: “I’m really looking forward to it. I used to work in the industry. Many years ago, my father had a transport company and we used to deliver cakes and sweets for Bewleys. So, I’m a veteran of driving around the country in a Ford Transit Luton van, standing at the back door of supermarkets. People in the industry, they know how to have a good time, and they’re important awards as well.

As the industry and the economy pick up again the Awards are really important. I’m really looking forward to the night, there might be a bit of fun as well.”

Entering the Fleet Transport Awards 2019 is a simple as filling out the Entry Form which can be downloaded  or simply enter on-line indicating which categories you wish to enter.

So, if you and your business wish to be recognised as the best in your field, don’t delay, enter on-line today.