FTA has launched a dedicated Van Policy Working Group as part of its commitment to support the rapidly expanding vans sector.
The group, comprised of 41 leaders within the sector, will discuss the key policy compliance issues facing van drivers and seek to ignite change within the sector.
Elizabeth de Jong, director of UK policy at FTA, said: “As the number of vans on the UK’s roads continues to soar, it is vital the interests of individuals and businesses operating these vehicles are represented with stakeholders and government. The creation of a Van Policy Working Group reinforces FTA’s commitment to the market. As logistics needs change, and vans become increasingly important to UK PLC, this will mean FTA is perfectly placed to lead this sector forwards to even greater success.”
She added: “Over the past 12 months, the number of van drivers in the UK has increased by more than 12% and together, they cover 51 billion miles a year. With this growth comes the need to evaluate current safety, compliance and efficiency standards and drive improvements wherever necessary. The Van Policy Working Group provide a vital mouthpiece for the industry with government, regulators and other stakeholders and provide a platform to communicate and debate the issues the market is facing. Van drivers and operators provide a vital service to the UK economy; their contributions must be valued and their concerns and hopes for the future heard and acted upon.”
Other areas that the FTA is working on include the development of a specialist emission zone advice service, while its existing van programme includes Operational Briefings and the Van Driver of the Year award.