The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has today (Thursday 6 February) launched the FTA Driver Agency Accreditation Scheme.
The voluntary initiative has been developed by FTA, together with the driver agency industry, and aims to recognise, encourage and promote good practice within the sector.
Theo de Pencier, FTA Chief Executive, commented:
“Ensuring high standards are maintained is always a priority for our members, but it may prove to be particularly important in a year when economic growth could increase the need to access a flexible workforce. This scheme, which has been developed by driver agency members and vehicle operators, provides industry recognised standards as well as a governance structure to promote continuous improvement.”
The scheme was launched at the FTA/Department for Transport ‘Listening to Industry’ event by Transport Minister Robert Goodwill, who said: “I welcome the Freight Transport Association’s scheme to help ensure that high standards for drivers are maintained. I hope this measure helps to give driver agencies a recognised structure for improvement.”
The benefits of the FTA Driver Agency Accreditation Scheme include:
Every driver agency applying to become accredited by the scheme will be asked to sign a statement of intent and the FTA Driver Agency Accreditation Scheme will undertake an independent audit of the agency’s systems covering core business standards, driver recruitment standards and driver management standards.