In less than 24 hours time the doors, to the first National Final of the RTITB Operator of the Year Competition 2011, will open. The event, being held at Toyota Material Handling UK, Castleford on 20th April 2011, runs from 9.30am to 3pm and concludes with the announcement of the Northern England National Champion by Peter Lennon, Head of HSE’s Workplace Transport Team. The RTITB Operator of the Year 2011 is sponsored by Toyota Material Handling UK and TNT Express Services UK and Ireland.

Whilst the competitor’s are being tested there are various other activities and entertainments that can be undertaken including visiting a caricaturist, the wii fastest lap competition, and the Toyota Material Handling UK demo area. There are four tests for the competitors to undertake. They are marked on a “penalties” basis. The competitor with the lowest number of penalties after all finalists have completed the tests will be crowned Northern England National Champion and will go forward to the Grand Final on 16th September 2011 to compete for the chance to be RTITB Operator of the Year 2011. The Northern England National Champion will also receive a trophy, sponsored by Toyota Material Handling UK and a Red experience voucher. The 1st runner up will also go forward to the Grand Final and will receive an Orange experience voucher, whilst the 2nd runner up will receive a Jade experience voucher.

The trucks being used in the finalist testing have been supplied by Toyota Material Handling UK and are Toyota 7FBMF electric powered counterbalance trucks, with a 3 ton lift capacity and a 4.3m FSV mast. The logistics for the event have been supplied by TNT Express Services UK & Ireland and driven by their Fleet Driver of the Year.

The 4 other National Finals take place as follows;

  • 4th May 2011 – Scottish National Final
  • 18th May 2011 – Irish National Final
  • 1st June 2011 – Welsh National Final
  • 15th June 2011 – Midlands & Southern England National Final

The National Finals are open to the public; however attendance (via should be registered in advance as places are limited.

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