All the winners from the Commercial Motor Awards 2019 revealed

Commercial Motor Awards 2019

More than 400 people packed out the Vox Centre in Birmingham for the fourth annual Commercial Motor Awards – celebrating the best in new and used vehicle sales and aftersales.

Waldron Commercials were the big winners on the night, picking up an impressive and well-deserved three awards. Aftersales and Maintenance Provider, Technician Team of the Year and the Customer Service Award all went to the family run business based in Tafarnaubach near Newport.

Other winners on the night were The Fleet Auction Group in the Auction House of the Year category, RS Recovery for the Breakdown and Recovery Operator of the Year and Dawsonsgroup for Rental, Leasing and Conract Hire Provider of the Year.

Also recognised were apprentice Matthew Brinded from Go Plant Fleet Services, bodybuilder L Townend, Close Brothers Asset Finance, Rygor Commercials, Volvo Truck and Bus Centre North & Scotland, r2C Online and Simon Griffin from Watts of Lydney.

The big honour, however, fell to Lee Smith of Hanbury Riverside who was given the Service to Industry Award, while Hanbury Riverside was also named the Independent Dealer of the Year.


Aftersales and Maintenance Provider of the Year presented by TotalKare

Winner: Waldron Commercials

Highly Commended: Scania (Great Britain)


Apprentice of the Year presented by The Fleet Auction Group

Winner: Matthew Brinded, Go Plant Fleet Services

Highly commended: Cameron Smith, Bullet Express

Shortlist: Aidan Coittingham, Volvo Truck and Bus Centre North & Scotland; Caroline Delaney, Donnelly Group; Will Denton, Hexagon Leasing; Callum Gook-Mackenzie, Norfolk Truck and Van; Ollie Leighfield, City West Commercials; Euan Webber, City West Commercials


Auction House of the Year presented by Asset Alliance

Winner: The Fleet Auction Group

Shortlist: Manheim 


Bodybuilder of the Year presented by Vision Track

Winner: L Townend Ltd

Highly commended: Bodywork Solutions

Shortlist: Aliweld; Lawrence David; Lothian Vehicle Bodybuilders


Breakdown and Recovery Operator of the Year presented by The CV Show

Winner: RS Recovery

Shortlist: G& M J Crouch & Son


Customer Service Award presented by Hankook UK

Winner: Waldron Commercials

Shortlist: TotalKare

Dealer Principal of the Year presented by Aquarius

Winner: Simon Griffin, Watts of Lydney

Highly Commended: Graeson Clarke, City West Commercials 

Finance Provider of the Year presented by Protruck Auctions

Winner: Close Brothers Asset Finance

Shortlist: Asset Alliance Group; PEAC (UK)

Franchised Dealer of the Year presented by PM Commercials

Winner: Rygor Commercials

Highly commended: Dennisons Commercials

Shortlist: AN Richards; Thomas Hardie Commercials

Independent Dealer of the Year presented by Close Brothers Asset Finance

Winner: Hanbury Riverside

Shortlist: PM Commercials; Vans 365

Sales Team of the Year presented by Vic Bunby, Commercial Motor

Winner: Volvo Truck and Bus Centre North & Scotland

Highly Commended: Thomas Hardie Commercials

Shortlist: Asset Alliance Group; Rygor Commercials


Service to Industry presented by Glyn Davies

Winner: Lee Smith, Hanbury Riverside


Rental, Leasing and Contract Hire Provider of the Year presented by Will Shiers, Commercial Motor

Winner: Dawsongroup

Shortlist: Asset Alliance Group; County Car and Van Rental; Go Plant Fleet Services; Hexagon Leasing; LeasePlan UK


Technician Team of the Year presented by Diesel Technic UK

Winner: Waldron Commercials

Shortlist: Norfolk Truck and Van


Workshop Innovation of the Year presented by Hexagon Leasing

Winner: r2c Online

Shortlist: CheckedSafe; Renault Trucks UK; SmartWitness

Exeter City Council uses Dennis Elites to investigate waste trends

Exeter Elite

Exeter City Council has taken delivery of seven Dennis Eagle Elite 6x2 narrow rear steer RCVs, five of which have been fitted with Terberg’s bin weighing system and OmniDEL electric bin lifts, and Olympus 16 bodies. The electric bin lifts have been spec’d to ensure the council reduces emissions and noise levels.
The weighing equipment was fitted to help the council gain information about its' commercial waste collections, and improve the authority’s efficiency.
The city council’s fleet services manager, Simon Hill, said: “Bin weighing will help us with the tracking of manual handling issues. If we know where and when bins are likely to be heavier, we can manage our resources more efficiently. For instance, garden waste is a very seasonal collection and at times can be very heavy.”
Hill explained that the information will be used to inform Exeter City’s commercial customers about their recycling habits: “This will help them to understand how good they are at recycling and where they can improve. Another positive for our commercial customers, is being able to tell them what happens to their waste. And that is something increasing numbers want to know.”
The Elites were specified with narrow wheelbases so they can tackle Exeter’s old streets, where Hill said, “There’s a lot of reversing to do”.
The new vehicles were supplied by Specialist Fleet Services on a seven-year fleet contract hire agreement.