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FTA film to serve as wake-up call

A new film featuring the death of a child in a van collision has been launched by the Freight Transport Association (FTA) to highlight the importance of safety and compliance in van operations.

FTA’s head of vans and LCVs Mark Cartwright
FTA’s head of vans and LCVs Mark Cartwright hopes the new film will serve as a wake-up call to van operators.

In the film – One Fateful Day – the van driver is distracted by talking to his office on his mobile phone. He is also found to have been taking drugs and to have a defective vehicle.

The idea for the film was conceived by FTA’s head of vans and LCVs Mark Cartwright, who has recreated the scenario at Van Excellence Operational Briefings throughout the UK this year to raise awareness of the issues of driver distraction and compliance.

Cartwright said: “Van safety is a serious business and it’s vital that operators understand the consequences of not treating it as a priority. This film clearly outlines what can happen from the perspective of the driver, operations manager and company owner. It will serve as a wake-up call to those who are currently turning a blind eye to many of the issues highlighted.”

The film can be downloaded at

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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