Van Excellence continues to go from strength to strength, as Ford is the latest manufacturer to become a partner of the scheme. Ford join other manufacturers Mercedes, VW, Nissan, Fiat and Isuzu who are all part of the award-winning scheme that encourages high standards of van operation.
Partners promote the Van Excellence Code amongst their customers and encourage its standards to be adopted and followed throughout the light commercial vehicle sector.
"We’re delighted to welcome Ford as a Van Excellence Partner" says Mark Cartwright, FTA’s Head of Vans and LCV’s. "Together with existing partners Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, FIAT and Isuzu our manufacturer partners now represent over half of the UK’s annual registrations. Their support is invaluable particularly as we develop a Van Excellence accreditation scheme for dealers."
The FTA scheme was launched in 2010 to promote high standards of van operation and driving by accrediting operators against an industry code of good practice.
Accredited operators are those who have successfully demonstrated that their fleet management and compliance systems can meet the demanding standards of the Code of Van Excellence, the voluntary code of practice for van fleet operators.
The importance of Van Excellence continues to be well recognised within the industry and continues to grow, as new members which have also recently joined include Carillion Construction, South Devon Healthcare Trust, Daniel Contractors and Corporation of London.
Van Excellence was awarded the Best New Service Award at the 2012 Fleet News Awards.