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EST reveals Fleet Hero awards winners

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West Yorkshire Police walked away with the headline Motorvate member of the year trophy at the Energy Saving Trust Fleet Hero awards last night (November 20).

Under-secretary of state for transport Norman Baker MP gave the welcoming address at the seventh Fleet Hero awards, commenting: “This is the third Fleet Hero awards I’ve presented at; one for each of the Transport secretaries since the coalition was formed!”

He praised the awards for “showcasing fleets driving down carbon emissions and saving money”, adding: “Creating growth and cutting carbon – there’s no contradiction between these two. They can be delivered in parallel with a bit of common sense.”

The number of claims made for the Government’s plug-in grant in the first half of the year had exceeded those made in the whole of 2011, Baker said.

“I expect to see more good progress with new models coming to market. The future of transport is low carbon. Transport is part of our long-term prosperity and the way out of our economic difficulties is partly investing in green technologies.”

And he pointed to the role of fleets in adopted low carbon vehicles. “From a government point of view, getting fleets involved is a good way to get the market moving. You are important in our future plans. The fleet sector is innovative and essential in supporting our efforts to reduce carbon.”

EST Fleet Hero Awards winners 2012

Best public sector fleet

  • Winner – Northamptonshire Police (pictured - Graham Crow, transport manager, left with Norman Baker MP)
  • Runner-up – South Tyneside Council

Best private sector fleet

  • Winner – Willmot Dixon
  • Runner-up – Zenith Hygiene Group

Grey fleet management

  • Winner – Wiltshire Council
  • Runner-up – Eric Wright Group

Business mileage management

  • Winner – Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Runner-up – Z-Tech Control Systems

Smarter driving

  • Winner – Sita UK
  • Runner-up – Severn Trent Water

Industry supplier of the year

  • Winner – ALD Automotive
  • Runner-up – GreenRoad

Transport solutions innovation

  • Winner – Travel de Courcey
  • Runner-up – Hertz On Demand

Innovation in car and van manufacturing

  • Winner – Ford
  • Runner-up – Renault

Innovation in fleet services and systems

  • Winner – Alphabet
  • Runner-up – Enterprise Rent-a-car

Innovation in fleet management

  • Winner – Commercial Group
  • Runner-up – University of Birmingham


  • Winner – Toyota
  • Runner-up – Commercial Group

Commercial Vehicle Management

  • Winner – Stobart Group
  • Runner-up – Sita UK

Motorvate member of the year

  • Winner – West Yorkshire Police

Further details of the winners can be found in the Fleet Hero Awards report in the December 6 issue of Fleet News.

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