Van drivers are vital to the UK economy in every way imaginable.

The van sector has grown into a substantial part of the motor industry and is very much under the spotlight for the general public, legislators and enforcement authorities.

Changes to sentencing guidelines mean companies and individuals are, more than ever, culpable for breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Fines are dependent on turnover and, in the case of larger companies, these could reach millions of pounds. Sentences imposed upon individuals are more severe and the likelihood of custodial sentences for directors is also greater.

It is against this background that a number of Van Excellence Accredited Operators have created meaningful training standards by which the entire industry can be measured.

High quality training is one of the essential principles cited in the HSE publication Leading Health and Safety at Work.

With FTA’s Van Excellence training you benefit from:

  • reduced risks, fewer accidents, lower costs
  • evidence of management intent
  • increased road safety
  • increased productivity
  • evidence of accountability
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Van Excellence – 2 Wheels Aware

Our half or full day 2 Wheels Aware course is designed to make driving safer. The course focuses on how, where and why cyclists ride on the roads, giving a better understanding of cyclist behaviour, rights and what to look out for when driving. 

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Van Excellence – Driver Certificate of Competence

The single largest influence on road safety is the driver. Raising training standards mitigates the risks created by non-compliant drivers. Evaluating training by assessment demonstrates that knowledge has been received and understood. 

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Van Excellence – Industry Suppliers

This in-company course is based upon the best practice guidelines detailed in the FTA Van Excellence Code. It is designed to provide a wealth of best practice guidance which will assist the staff of businesses supplying vehicle operators. 

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Van Excellence - LCV Inspection Procedures and Standards

This course is designed to equip and develop vehicle inspection technicians, workshop supervisors and engineering managers with the relevant information and skills to raise light commercial vehicle (LCV) inspection standards. 

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Van Excellence - Leadership

This course aims to tackle the challenges of implementing a safety-first culture, and how these challenges can be overcome by focusing on key performance areas such as driver competence, vehicle standards and operational processes.  

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Van Excellence - Managers

The objectives of the Van Excellence for Managers course is to support managers in reducing costs, environmental impact and improving safety performance across the van fleet. It aims to tackle the challenges of influencing and managing a safety-first culture, and how these challenges can be overcome by focusing on key performance areas such as driver competence, vehicle standards and operational processes.   

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Van Excellence – Managing Van Operations

Stirling, Tunbridge Wells + 3 more

This course is based upon the best practice guidelines detailed in the FTA Van Excellence Code. It provides best practice guidance for operating safely, legally and efficiently and is designed to raise standards across van operations. 

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