Building on the success of last year’s seminars, where 12 courses were attended by 113 delegates from 45 organisations, the seminars will help businesses with the key issue of overloaded vans – one of the most unsuspecting yet damaging factors to affect fleets – and also cover a range of other compliance issues, including vehicle maintenance systems, administration, driver licensing and speed limits. They will also provide vital information on securing loads, towing equipment and driver behaviour and competence.
Individuals attend a half-day workshop and take a short exam leading to the FTA Certificate of Excellence which is valid for three years and helps drivers and their managers maintain high levels of safety and competence.
Mark Cartwright, head of vans for the Freight Transport Association, said: “Any organisation operating vehicles as part of its business activity has a responsibility to consider the safety of drivers and the public. The FTA Van Excellence Scheme and our courses are designed to empower van operators with the knowledge they need to demonstrate best practice. The Venson team is a good example of quality professionals focused on raising standards and helping their clients to operate safely, legally and efficiently.”
Dates have been announced for the sessions in the first half of the year, covering:
15 March – York
25 April – Birmingham
8 May – Bristol
18 May – Manchester