Aldi Atherstone Regional Distribution Centre has received a 2019 Roadworthiness Award from FTA, the business organisation representing the interests of the logistics sector. The award recognises the supermarket’s high standards when maintaining its fleet of vehicles and trailers and controlling safety related defects.

FTA provides vehicle inspection services to organisations that are keen to achieve the very highest levels of safety and compliance and its Roadworthiness Awards are designed to encourage and reward best practice in compliance with vehicle condition legislation.

Announcing the award, FTA’s Senior Contract Manager, Eric Higham said: “I’m delighted to present the prestigious Roadworthiness Award to Aldi’s Regional Distribution Centre in Atherstone, in recognition of the excellence it has achieved in vehicle safety and its commitment to maintaining the best standards of compliance and vehicle condition.

“This award reflects the very high benchmark set by Aldi and I would like to congratulate everyone involved in the efforts that are obviously being made to ensure the fleet is safe, legal and efficient at all times.”

Aldi, the UK’s fastest-growing and fifth largest supermarket chain, was awarded The Grocer Magazine’s ‘Grocer of the Year’ (2018) and now has over 830 stores. It was the work of the Atherstone Regional Distribution Centre in particular that was recognised for its high standards in controlling driver and maintenance related safety defects that ultimately won the FTA Award.

Marius Manolescu, Regional Managing Director at Aldi, said: “We’re delighted to receive the prestigious FTA Roadworthiness Award. We are incredibly proud of the high standards that we maintain throughout our fleet and transport compliance is a key priority in our work. This award can be attributed to everyone in our Atherstone Regional Distribution Centre, as it recognises their exceptional hard work to maintain our excellent safety record.”

Efficient logistics is vital to keep Britain trading, directly having an impact on more than seven million people employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. With Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important to UK plc. A champion and challenger, FTA speaks to Government with one voice on behalf of the whole sector, with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers.