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With over 80 years of experience Bott is your Trusted Partner for creating better working environments.

Our expertise ranges from Static Workshop Storage Equipment to creating the best in Mobile Workspaces for your Commercial Vehicle. Our long term approach is based on delivering high quality products and services which create value for our customers.

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Innovation and Continuous Improvement are key at Bott and we proactively invest to create products and services which solve the problems our customers have today and prepare them for the challenges of tomorrow.

FTA Driver Of The Year 2018

Bott drivers celebrate success at the FTA Van Excellence Driver of the Year 2018

We would like to offer huge congratulations to Luke Birchnall on being named the Van Excellence Young Driver of the Year 2018. He also secured second place in the overall Van Excellence Driver of the Year category, with Andrew Bucknell also coming first in the pre-use vehicle check category.

Facilitated and managed by Freight Transport Association (FTA) Van Excellence is a scheme designed by some of the best van operators in the UK to recognise excellence and improve operational standards. The scheme aims to support operators to met the requirements of the Van Excellence Code, an FTA Code of Practice outlining ‘what good looks like’.

Bott is a certified operator and a Gold Partner of the Van Excellence programme; demonstrating our commitment to safer, more efficient and sustainable van fleets.

Before being selected to compete for Van Excellence Driver of the Year, applicants undergo licence checks, complete a 42-question risk assessment, a hazard perception test and submit a written statement on their driving background and motivation for taking part.

Luke Birchnall is a Design Engineer based at Bott’s vehicle conversion centre in Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire. As part of his job, Luke has honed his driving skills over the last 6 years visiting customers to design the best solution for their vehicle conversion.

He was nominated by Kevin Woodward, Managing Director SVO Division at Bott, to participate in the rigorous assessment day at the Northern facility of Mercedes-Benz Vans UK Ltd at Wentworth Park, near Barnsley.

Luke was very grateful for the support from Bott in the lead up to the day, with the offer of time for driving practice if wanted. To further help with his preparations, Luke was offered some words of wisdom from his Bott colleagues - “Don’t lose!

Having competed last year, Luke knew largely what to expect, but said that the atmosphere was calm and it is really great to meet drivers from all over the UK, who drive in a variety of industries.

The event organisers go to great lengths to make the day enjoyable, offering breakfast on arrival and relaxing waiting areas, where competitors can play computer games between tests; of course, all driving games!”, Luke explained.

Taking on 19 competitors, and 4 others in the under 30 young driver category, Luke underwent tests on the following categories:

  • Pre-use defect check

A time limited challenge to inspect a vehicle, identifying any damage or defects under the watchful eye of an assessor. Andrew was overall winner in the category

  • Manoeuvring

The task involved navigating slaloms, doing a 3-point turn and reversing a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter in the fastest time, dodging the course cones to avoid incurring time infringements

  • Driver behaviour

A 15-mile pre-set route road journey, with the driver’s behaviour recorded by tracker. Luke was overall winner in this category

  • Legislation test

Taken under timed conditions, this was a 30-question multiple-choice test

More than four million vans operate on the UK’s roads every day, which highlights the need to focus on driver training and behaviour.

I can’t believe I’ve won the title of Young Driver of the Year! I was drawn to a career in this industry because I love driving, but more than that - I wanted to travel, to be challenged daily, to be my own boss and, ultimately, to work in a sector that’s full of opportunities,” commented Luke “To be recognised as one of the industry’s best at this early stage in my career is an honour I never expected.”

Winning the award was proof for Luke that he could do it, and relief that he wouldn’t have to compete again next year!


Andrew Bucknall, an on-site service Engineer also based out of Ashby, and has worked for Bott for almost 4 years. Andrew’s job sees him on the road daily in his van visiting Bott customers to complete warranty and in-service repairs. He secured first place in the pre-use defect check category, demonstrating his attention to detail when it comes to vehicle safety.

This award illustrates my commitment to a safety-first approach. Competition on the assessment day was fierce, but I couldn’t be prouder to have won this award,” commented Andrew. “I’d like to thank my team at Bott and the FTA for giving me the opportunity to showcase my skills in this prestigious competition.”


Our experienced team can assist with optimum vehicle conversions to ensure it is fit for purpose and legally compliant. Learn more about the full range of Bott vehicle conversion services. Learn more about the FTA Van Excellence Scheme.


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