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FTA announce Van Excellence return

By Kyle Linsay
Monday, December 16, 2013 - 13:00

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RETURN: FTA Van Excellence is back

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) are hosting two Van Excellence Conferences in April, it has been announced.

Held on April 8 and April 10 at Elstree and Manchester respectively, the events are back by popular demand following this year’s success.

At the 2013 events, VOSA informed attendees they would be undertaking a programme of targeted enforcement checks on vans in all major towns and cities across Britain.

They also quoted the fact that an average of 75% were subject to overloading prohibition; as such, one of the key sessions of the 2014 events will focus on load security and overloading.

Other key conference sessions will address cost management, in-cab distractions, lowering carbon footprint and technology developments in telematics and driver behaviour.

Mark Cartwright, Head of Vans and Logistic Buyer Relations at the FTA, said: “VOSA has made it clear that they’ve identified non compliant van operators and that they will be making targeted stops.

“We all know that keeping vans within legal weight limits can be a challenge for many operators particularly those using vans as mobile toolboxes, and it is vitally important that we focus load security and overloading at the Van Excellence conferences to ensure best practice is identified for all.”

Van Excellence is an industry-led initiative that aims to enhance standards of van operator compliance, celebrate operators who demonstrate excellence and represent the interests of the van industry.

Conferences are sponsored by ATS Euromaster, BT Fleet, Hertz Van Rental, Lex Autolease and TomTom Business Solutions.

“The Van Excellence conference is the perfect opportunity for van operators to obtain the best advice from a practical, operational viewpoint, giving them peace of mind surrounding the operation of their van fleet,” Mr Cartwright added.

“Whether they are existing Van Excellence members or not – it doesn’t matter, these conferences are a must attend event for anyone who operates vans.”

Places booked before February 8, 2014, are available at a special early bird rate of £200, plus VAT, per delegate.

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