The Freight Transport Association has launched a Van Excellence Certificate of Driver Competence to demonstrate the high standards operators’ drivers can reach.  

For businesses, the scheme will provide validation to the role of a van driver while also creating a route for employee development.

As part of the certificate, the FTA is offering two elements – training and an assessment.

For the first element, the FTA will provide in-house driver competence training using computer simulators.

For assessments, drivers will be put through exercises at recognised testing centres. Van operators will be offered the chance to become an assessment centre in the FTA scheme.

“This project really underlines the strength of Van Excellence. Accredited operators of the scheme very often share best practice, and the need for a nationally-recognised van driver standard was identified from this,” said Mark Cartwright, head of vans at FTA. “Operators want to demonstrate that their drivers are professional and take their duties seriously. They’ve worked closely with us to develop the course and the qualification process.”