Award Categories & Entry Process

Please note: it is free to enter the Fleet News Awards

Fleet News Awards 2021 categories (plus sponsors and 2020 winners)


Fleet Awards

Excellence in Fleet Safety
2020 winner: Altrad Services

Environmental Innovation - sponsored by Ogilvie Fleet
2020 winner: Active Building Centre - Swansea University

Mobility Achievement of the Year
2020 winner: Active Building Centre - Swansea University

Exceptional Contribution Award
New category recognising the fleet response to the Covid crisis

Fleet of the Year (up to 1,000 vehicles)
2020 winner: Eric Wright Group

Fleet of the Year (more than 1,000 vehicles)
2020 winner: British Gas


Supplier Awards

Leasing Company of the Year (up to 20,000 vehicles)
2020 winner: Ogilvie Fleet

Leasing Company of the Year (more than 20,000 vehicles)
2020 winner: Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions

Rental Company of the Year - sponsored by Grosvenor Contracts Leasing
2020 winner: Enterprise

Outstanding Product or Service
New category

Fleet Customer Partnership Award
2020 winner: Fleet Service GB

Fleet Dealer of the Year
2020 winner: Johnsons Fleet Services

Innovation in Mobility Technology Award
2020 winner: Fleetondemand


Manufacturer Awards

Best Small Van
New category

Best Medium Van
New category

Best Large Van
New category

Rigid Truck of the Year (6-16 tonnes)
New category

Rigid Truck of the Year (more than 16 tonnes)
New category

Best Small Car
2020 winner: Peugeot 208 

Best Lower Medium Car
2020 winner: Ford Focus

Best Upper Medium Car
2020 winner: Skoda Superb

Best Compact SUV
2020 winner: Peugeot 2008

Best Mid-size SUV
2020 winner: Toyota Rav4

Best Compact Premium Car
2020 winner: BMW 1 Series

Best Premium Car
2020 winner: BMW 3 Series

Best Executive Car
2020 winner: BMW 5 Series

Best Zero Emission Van
New category

Best Plug-in Hybrid Car
New category

Best Zero Emission Car
2020 winner: Kia e-Niro


Headline Awards

Fleet Supplier of the Year - sponsored by Aston Barclay
2020 winner: Reflex Vehicle Hire

Fleet Manufacturer of the Year – Car (Reader voted)
2020 winner: BMW Group UK

Fleet Manufacturer of the Year – Van (Reader voted)
New category

Fleet Manufacturer of the Year – Truck (Reader voted)
New category

Fleet Manager of the Year
2020 winner: Stewart Taylor, Police Scotland

Fleet News Hall of Fame - sponsored by the AA
2020 winner: Liz Hollands




The FN Awards - vehicle categories


Fleet News will create a list containing every model on the market in each of the nine categories. The judging panel will then select the winners against the awards matrix of the key criteria that fleets consider when adding cars to their choice lists.

They are:

•          Running costs (SMR, depreciation, fuel)

•          CO2 emissions

•          Safety (technology and Euro NCAP rating)

•          Reliability

•          Manufacturer support (conversions, business support, bespoke relationships) and aftersales/dealer support

•          Driver appeal (P11D pricing/BIK, badge image, performance)

•          Range consideration (3dr/5dr/estate, 2WD/4WD, engine options)


Please note:

In addition to the above, manufacturers are asked to submit entries with the following information:

Cars: Answer the following (max 100 words for each answer):

•          What is new about this car since January 2020 (e.g. all-new model, new engines, facelift, new trims, etc.)?

•          Which model(s) (i.e. engine/trim) is/are most appropriate to fleets?

•          Why is this car relevant to fleets?

Rules for entry

• Companies can submit entries for as many categories as they wish, as long as they are eligible.

• The editor decides whether an entry is valid for a particular category.

• The judging panel (chaired by Christopher Macgowan) has the right to withhold any award if, in its opinion, no entry is of a high enough standard.

• Every care will be taken with material submitted but none can be returned and no responsibility will be accepted for any loss or damage.

• Decisions by the judging panel are final.

• Bauer Media, the judges and sponsors of the Fleet News Awards 2021 shall not be held responsible for any legal proceedings arising from the entries or the statements made therein; nor can they accept responsibility for the veracity of statements made by entrants, although every care will be taken to check entries.


1. There are word limits to each question

2. Attachments cannot be added to any entry

3. The awards that do not require entry forms are decided by the judging panel.




Interviews (relevant for 'Fleet of the Year' categories only)

Where category judging requires an interview (Fleet of the Year categories), shortlisted candidates will be invited for a 30-minute interview by the judging panel on either May 19 or 20.

Candidates will be notified of this by early April.

If you have any queries regarding the entry process please email