Tens of thousands of vans are now being operated to the highest standards of safety, compliance and efficiency, thanks to the work undertaken by the members of Van Excellence, a voluntary scheme administered by the FTA and sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Vans.
“Van Excellence was launched in 2010 with the aim of professionalising van driving; nearly ten years later, members have made great strides in improving the operational standards of the sector,” Chris Lipscomb, Director of Operations at the FTA, explained.
“With 91 companies achieving Operator Accreditation this year alone, we are extremely proud of Van Excellence; it remains the only industry group responsible for maintaining and championing the very highest standards of compliance across the van market.
“Whether a business operating a fleet of more than 5,000 vans – as does our largest member, BT Fleet – or an organisation with a single vehicle, the need for safety remains the same and must not be overlooked. Van Excellence is at the heart of FTA’s vans strategy and we plan to take it from strength to strength. And with many new projects in the pipeline, including the development of a specialist emission zone advice service, FTA has positioned itself at the forefront of the burgeoning vans sector; watch this space for more exciting developments in 2020.”
Last autumn, the FTA launched a dedicated Vans Policy Working Group. The group, consisting of 41 leaders within the sector, provides a vital mouthpiece for the industry with government, regulators and other stakeholders and a platform to communicate and debate the issues the market is facing.
The FTA’s vans programme also includes Operational Briefings, held annually across the country to boost knowledge and expertise across van operators, and the prestigious Van Driver of the Year award.