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Venson Automotive Solutions has gained accreditation for the Freight Transport Association’s (FTA) Van Excellence scheme to enhance standards of its own van fleet. The certification is based on the FTA best practice guidelines for the operation of Venson’s vans and light commercial vehicles and reinforces its commitment to helping raise standards in the industry.
Yorkshire-based gas, heating and electrical engineering company, JD Mounsey, has made its fourth consecutive Vauxhall order, replacing its current fleet with eight new Vivaro vans.
Established in 1994 and taking delivery of its first Vauxhalls not long after, the order is the fourth that the company has made.
FM16 is a conference event for those with fleet responsibility and for vehicle procurement managers working for the Public Sector and within Housing Associations, together with its associated fleet maintenance contractors.
FTA held its inaugural Van Excellence Certificate of Driver Competence course today.
Delegates who attended the event held in Leamington Spa were informed of the importance of commitment to operating a safe and compliant fleet, and the perception and professionalism of the role of a van driver.
The Certificate of Driver Competence was created in conjunction with the FTA Van Excellence scheme - working closely with members to meet the demand from operators wanting to demonstrate how professional their drivers are, and how seriously they take their responsibilities in the work that they do.
Mark Cartwright, FTA Head of Vans commented on the Certificate of Driver Competence: “The development of the Van Excellence Driver Certificate of Competence is a great example of how the scheme is able to recognise a need and develop a solution with the support of the van operating industries.
“FTA operators have told us what is important to them and the training has been designed to meet these needs. It’s all about demonstrating, through both the training and qualification process, a real commitment to operate in a safe, considerate and compliant manner. It’s about being professional.”
FTA offers operators two elements in the Van Excellence Certificate of Driver Competence:
Training: FTA will provide in-house van driver competence training, and ‘train-the-trainer’ using the Community Driver CPC model. Users will be able to access computer-based training.
Assessment: Van drivers can be put through assessments at recognised centres. Operators will be offered the chance to become recognised as assessment centres, and FTA will also be able to provide assessment centres.
The Van Excellence Certificate of Driver Competence provides van operators validation to the role of a van drivers as well as demonstrating, encouraging and creating a route for employee development.
City Wardens in Aberdeen have been provided with a free vehicle for a year courtesy of a local Mitsubishi dealership.
Station Garage in Mugiemoss Road, Bucksburn, Aberdeen, has loaned an environmentally-friendly Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV to the City Wardens to help them get around Aberdeen.
This week’s driving tips from the IAM’s head of driving standards Peter Rodger are looking at how motorists can avoid intentionally staged road accidents that force insurance companies to pay out high claims. Here are Peter’s top tips to help you stay clear of these scams.
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