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Last chance to book for popular Van Excellence events

There is still an opportunity to book for the Freight Transport Association’s Van Excellence conferences, which return on two dates in April following the popularity of last year’s events. The Van Excellence conference is the perfect opportunity for van operators to obtain the best advice from a practical, operational viewpoint, giving them peace of mind surrounding the operation of their van fleet.

Delegates will hear from keynote speaker Chief Inspector Paul Keasey, Operations Manager, Central Motorways Police Group as well as industry experts, Van Excellence industry partners and FTA specialists, who will be on hand to provide information on the latest issues affecting van operators.

With the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) making it clear that it intends to target non-compliant van operators, one of the key sessions at this year’s events will focus on load security and overloading.

Mark Cartwright, FTA’s Head of Vans, said:
"We all know that keeping vans within legal weight limits can be a challenge for many operators, particularly those using vans as mobile toolboxes, and it is vitally important that we focus on load security and overloading at the Van Excellence conferences to ensure best practice is identified."

Key sessions at each event include:

Lowering your carbon footprint, including fuel management
The importance of Van Excellence for small fleet operators
Load security and overloading
The role of technology
Managing driver behaviour
Developments in vehicle and operational technology
Professionalising the fleet – recognising van drivers
Challenging the industry

Van Excellence is an industry-led initiative which aims to enhance standards of van operator compliance, celebrate operators who demonstrate excellence and represent the interests of the van industry. The conferences are sponsored by Van Excellence Industry Partners ATS Euromaster, BT Fleet, Hertz Van Rental, Lex Autolease and TomTom Business Solutions.

The events, which take place on Tuesday 8 April in Elstree, London and on Thursday 10 April in Manchester, are open to Van Excellence accredited FTA members at £215 plus VAT per delegate, FTA members at £235 plus VAT per delegate, and to non-FTA members at £275 plus VAT per delegate. For further information or to book a place go to: http://www.fta.co.uk/events/van_excellence_conferences_2014.html or call the FTA Member Service Centre on 08717 11 22 22.

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