The DAF Driver Challenge returns for 2024 – DAF Trucks’ multi-stage search to find the nation’s best drivers. In 2022, Colin Court was crowned DAF UK and Ireland DAF Driver Challenge Champion.

The DAF Driver Challenge is open to drivers (with a clean C+E licence) of any vehicle marque, and this year a group of 20 finalists will battle it out at a two-day final in the autumn.

Following an initial online registration process – including assessments on road knowledge and an understanding of the CV industry – selected drivers will be invited to one of ten regional heats around the UK and Ireland.

A final selection of 20 drivers will go head-to-head in a series of challenging practical and knowledge-based appraisals, the winner being crowned DAF UK and Ireland Driver Champion. Under the direction of DAF driving experts Mandy Wannerton and Ron Smith, on- and off-road driving challenges will be scored alongside theory and knowledge-based assessments.

The champion driver will also progress to the Europe-wide DAF Driver Challenge in 2025, which sees drivers from across the continent gather for a major international competition.

“The DAF UK and Ireland Driver Challenge pulls no punches,” said Phil Moon, Marketing Manager at DAF Trucks, “it’s a tough evaluation of all aspects of life as a professional driver. Entrants will need to demonstrate exemplary levels of driving, of course, but they’ll need to show a deep understanding of the law, safety, and the transport sector more broadly. The winner can justly claim to be the best of the best – regardless of the make and model of their own vehicle.”

The event is now being promoted via the dedicated online platform: