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Van Excellence Briefings to tackle challenges facing drivers

The FTA’s Van Excellence Operational Briefings are to return this spring to provide advice on running vans in a safe, compliant and efficient manner.

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The briefings will tackle mental and physical issues facing drivers as well as compliance and operating standards for vans

Headlined by ex-international rugby player John Dalziel, the three briefings take place in Edinburgh, Derby, and London from 26 March to 2 April, and will tackle the physical, mental and safety challenges facing van drivers, as well as providing up-to-the-minute information on compliance and operating standards.

The briefings will cover common issues with poor mental and physical health among van drivers, including: mental resilience, fatigue prevention, proper diet and hydration, and de-stigmatising mental health issues.

Speakers will include representatives from the British Dietetic Association, Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), Transport Research Laboratory and the Police.

Commenting on the briefings, Mark Cartwright, head of vans and light commercial vehicles at the FTA, said: “The combination of unpredictable journey times, tight deadlines, a high workload and lack of social interaction can lead to stress, exhaustion, poor nutrition and dehydration among van drivers. The 2019 Van Excellence Operational Briefings will equip operators with the tools and techniques they need to help strengthen their drivers’ physical and mental health. Caring for drivers is one of the best ways for employers to improve their safety record; we deplore operators of all fleet sizes to attend a briefing.”

The Operational Briefings are supported by Van Excellence Platinum Partner Mercedes-Benz Vans along with Gold Partners Bott, Brigade Electronics, Hertz, Quartix and Lex Autolease.

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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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