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Van Excellence on the road again in 2015

The Freight Transport Association’s Van Excellence Operational Briefings, held in association with Mercedes Benz Vans, are taking place on two dates in 2015 – Tuesday 24 March at Mercedes Benz World at Brooklands near Weybridge in Surrey and on Friday 27 March at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham. The events are supported by Van Excellence Industry Partners; ATS Euromaster, Bott Ltd, BT Fleet, Hertz Van Rental, Lex Autolease and TomTom Telematics.

Speakers include Adrian Long, Director of Policy and Stakeholder Management at the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA); Chief Inspector Paul Keasey of West Midlands Police; Tim Ridyard of Woodfines Solicitors along with Van Excellence industry partners and FTA policy experts, who will be on hand to inform delegates of the latest issues affecting operators.

Key sessions include:

Keynote speech by Adrian Long of the DVSA
Jon York, Road Safety Manager, British Gas will share with delegates how the company has reduced its accident rate by 30%
The latest strategies for managing and reducing operational costs
The implementation of new processes for managing compliance
A Van Excellence member on how accreditation has benefited them and how smaller fleets are seeing these benefits
Chief Inspector Paul Keasey of West Midlands police will give an update on van operation from their perspective including current challenges
Van operators’ legal responsibilities, penalties for non-compliance and the potential impact of failing to meet required standards

Mark Cartwright, FTA’s Head of Vans, said:
“The Van Excellence briefings give van operators the perfect opportunity to obtain the best advice from a practical, operational viewpoint, giving them peace of mind surrounding the operation of their van fleet. It doesn’t matter whether you’re an existing Van Excellence member or not, these briefings are a must-attend event for anyone who operates vans.”

One free place is available to the Van Excellence Governance Group, Van Excellence accredited operators and Guide to Van Excellence subscribers. The cost for further places and for all other delegates is £50 + VAT per delegate. Further details are available at http://www.fta.co.uk/events/van_excellence_operational_briefings_2015.html or call the FTA Member Service Centre on 08717 11 22 22.

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