THOUSANDS of vans on the UK’s roads are now being operated to the highest standards of safety, compliance and efficiency, thanks to Van Excellence, a voluntary scheme administered by FTA and sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Vans.

FTA comments: ‘Van Excellence was launched in 2010 with the aim of professionalising van driving; nearly ten years later, it is fair to say its members have made great strides in improving the operational standards of the sector. With 91 companies achieving Operator Accreditation last year.

‘Whether a business operating a fleet of more than 5,000 vans, as does our largest member, BT Fleet, or an organisation with a single vehicle, the need for safety remains the same and must not be overlooked.’

Van Excellence is also sponsored by The AA, Bott, Brigade Electronics, Hertz, Lex Autolease and Quartix.