Van Excellence, the national accreditation scheme for van operators, has been recognised as the Best New Service at the Fleet News Awards 2012.
Van Excellence, which is managed and delivered by the Freight Transport Association, was launched in 2010 to promote high standards of van operation and driving by accrediting operators against an industry code of good practice.
In the 18 months since the scheme launched, 24 fleets have achieved accreditation to the Van Excellence Code, with 33 undergoing audit and a further 43 registering interest and preparing for audit. The scheme announced its 100th registered member last week and now has over 100,000 vehicles within its membership.
The Guide to Van Excellence has also been launched giving advice on good practices for van operators and guidance on how to meet the standards in the Van Excellence Code
Collecting the award at the Fleet News Awards event held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on 21 March, Mark Cartwright, Head of Vans and Light Commercial Vehicles at FTA said:
“This is a tribute to the members and colleagues that have helped to make Van Excellence a success. There is still much to do but it is gratifying that our efforts on behalf of the van sector have been recognised by the industry. We are all honoured at FTA by this award.”
The Van Excellence Code was agreed by operators acting as a Governance Group and requires systems to be in place to check vehicle roadworthiness, driver entitlement, load security and other safety aspects. The standard exceeds the minimum requirements of the current law and selects and adapts the requirements of O-licensing normally applied to trucks for the van sector.
Accredited operators need to present themselves for re-audit every year to ensure standards are maintained.