Virginia International Logistics was named Irish Haulier of the Year at the Fleet Transport Awards on Thursday night at Citywest Hotel, Dublin On Thursday night, September 28.
The company also scooped the International Haulier of the Year title at the gala event. The 1,000 attendees at the Gala Banquet gave Virginia International Transport a standing ovation on its achievement
Other winners on the night included Pamela Dennison (W.S. Dennison, Antrim & Limerick) who was warmly received as the Women in Transport award winner, with Colm O’Regan (Musgrave Retail Partners, Cork) winning the Fleet/Transport Manager of the Year.
Martin Convey representing ESB Fleet & Equipment (Dublin) was voted top Technician of the Year with Tommy Graham (Kildare) elected as Owner Driver of the Year, fittingly as he records 35 years in the sand and gravel business.
Other prize recipients included Zellwood (Dublin) chosen as the National Haulier of the Year 2018, while BWG Foods (Dublin) collected the Own-Account Transport Operator of the Year. Costello & McDermott (Mayo) were declared as Regional Transport Operator, with Autoglass (Dublin) running the Best Van Fleet.
The Best Safety Practice award went to Musgrave Retail Partners. Keelings Retail (Dublin) eye-catching corporate identity was deemed to have the Best Livery on its vehicles, while McCulla Ireland (Antrim & Dublin) impressed the judging panel with its work and investment to win the Environment Award. The Innovation title went to Tranzaura (Limerick) with Ballinlough Refrigeration (Dublin & Roscommon) winning the Customer Service Excellence award, while DJ Downey (Cork) performed supremely in the Excellence in Warehousing & Product Handling category.
Long standing road Haulage campaigner Pat O’Donovan (Cork) received lengthy applause on being presented with the Services to the Transport Industry award.
Honours in the Truck, Trailer and Innovation awards went to Volvo Trucks – it won the prestigious Irish Truck of the Year for the FH.500 6×2 Globetrotter, and it also scooped the Best Fleet Tractor-unit. The Renault Range K 8×4 picked up the Irish Construction Truck of the Year 2018, while in the Irish Green Commercial of the Year awards, it was Scania and Iveco that were successful in winning the Natural Gas classes for their G-series CNG tractor-unit and Daily Natural Power van line-up respectively.
Rounding off the Innovation classes, Cork company RotaRail took the Truck Innovation title with its protective side guards, while BMI Trailers received the most marks to win the Trailer Innovation Award with its RockPusher Ejector trailer.