The Freight Transport Association (FTA) is to launch a “Driver Passport” as part of its Van Excellence scheme to recognise and reward the best light commercial vehicle drivers.
Mark Cartwright, the FTA’s head of vans, said the association had developed the passport in response to demand from LCV operators. He said the initiative, which is set to launch in the autumn, would involve operators training their employees and recognise the safest, most economical drivers and encourage them to carry out walk around checks of their vans before taking to the road.
Cartwright added that the Driver Passport was a response to businesses’ awareness of the damage that poor driving standards could do to their reputations. He said organisations that had already thrown their weight behind the scheme included AAH Pharmaceuticals, Balfour Beatty, Clancy Docwra, Iron Mountain, Speedy Hire and Virgin Media.
“They are all up for some kind of driver qualification,” said Cartwright, “it gives the industry recognition and can be delivered by operators.”