New van working group from FTA

Tunbidge Wells, UK: The Freight Transport Asscoation has launched a
a van policy working group to discuss compliance issues facing van drivers.

It’s vital the interests of individuals and businesses operating these vehicles are represented with stakeholders and government, says Elizabeth de Jong, director UK policy, at the association.

“The new Van Policy Working Group represents just one initiative in FTA’s rich programme of activity. And with many new projects in the pipeline, including the development of a specialist emission zone advice service, FTA has positioned itself at the forefront of this burgeoning sector,” she says.
 
The association’s existing van programme includes operational briefings to boost knowledge and expertise of van operators, and the prestigious Van Driver of the Year award. 
 
“Over the past 12 months, the number of van drivers in the UK has increased by more than 12% and together, they cover 51 billion miles a year. With this growth comes the need to evaluate current safety, compliance and efficiency standards and drive improvements wherever necessary. 

“The Van Policy Working Group provide a vital mouthpiece for the industry with government, regulators and other stakeholders and provide a platform to communicate and debate the issues the market is facing.  Van drivers and operators provide a vital service to the UK economy; their contributions must be valued and their concerns and hopes for the future heard and acted upon,” de Jong says.

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