Scarva man Mervyn Cardwell said he will never forget the moment he was declared Driver of the Year 2013 at a glittering awards ceremony in Belfast.
The father-of-two, a driver for McCulla Ireland, beat off competition from seven other professional drivers at the annual Export & Freight Transport & Logistics Awards.
He said, “To be there on the night was an experience in itself but I’m 48 and I will never forget the feeling when they called my name out,” said Mervyn. “I’m very thankful to McCulla for putting my name forward, this award is as much for them as it is for me.”
Mervyn and his fellow contestants were previously tested on a half hour drive over a variety of roads followed by an identical reversing manoeuvre, under the watchful eye of professional instructors.
The judges said Mervyn was a “clear winner”. All vehicles, said the judges, were immaculately presented and that as a group the competitors were a credit to the industry.
Mervyn started driving for Express Parcels when he was just 17 and started driving HGVs when he was 21. He does work in England and occasionally in Europe.
“This is the first time I have been entered for the awards and I’m absolutely delighted to have won,” continued Mervyn. “I’m delighted for my wife Ruth, my daughters Claire and Diane and grandson Presley.”
With 16 separate categories, the awards are organised by Hillsborough publishers of Export & Freight magazine, 4SM (NI) Ltd, and is now widely regarded as the premier event in the Irish Transport & Logistics calendar, attracting entries, support and sponsorship from all the leading players in the industry.