We're delighted to announce that Rachael Muncaster, senior learner support assistant, has been named What Van? Driver of the Year 2019! 

Driving a multi-person vehicle can be a challenge. But driving it carefully, all the while being mindful of the care and challenges associated with autistic young people who are passengers, is a true test of ability.

Rachael said: 

I am thrilled that I have been able to be part of accessing Lightfoot as it has made me conscious of my driving and given me more confidence as well as motivating me to keep driving as it is an additional responsibility to my role. It was an honour to accept the award for Best Van Driver of the Year and a pleasure meeting everyone involved.

One of Rachael's frequent journeys is taking students to their volunteer work placements at our society shop in Sunderland. 

Lightfoot uses an in-cab traffic light display to encourage safer and environmentally friendly driving by highlighting dangerous and inefficient actions such as harsh braking or severe acceleration. The aim is to stay in the ‘green’ through driving smoothly.

Jessica Greer, Fleet Manager, said:

We are delighted that Rachael has been awarded What Van? Driver of the Year! We’ve fully embraced the Lightfoot tracker across our fleet to encourage safer and environmentally friendly driving. As an elite driver, Rachel’s students are used to the audible praise offered by the Lightfoot tracker which they follow with roaring applause!

It’s amazing that Rachael’s driving skills have been recognised and we’re incredibly proud.

"As a learning support assistant with young adults one of the things we love most is the fact she involves the young people in her care in the process of listening to, and following, Lightfoot’s guidance."

Well done Rachael.

Click here to read the full news article about the awards.