The National Highways Driving for Better Business campaign has introduced an update to its Van Driver Toolkit.

The package, which features training sessions divided into 30 modules, has been augmented with new modules on changes to the Highway Code, safe loading, and safe access to loads.

The free Toolkit – said to have reached around 800,000 van drivers since its launch a year ago – aims to keep drivers safe, vans legal, and ensure employers comply with not just road traffic legislation but also their Health and Safety at Work responsibilities.

The Toolkit can be accessed by fleet operators and anyone who employs van drivers in their business, and shared either online, via email or as printed cards.

It is also due to be updated with eight Toolbox Talks, the first arriving in August.

Head of the National Highways commercial vehicle incident prevention team Mark Cartwright said: “The Van Driver Toolkit has been an amazing success, and its popularity is not just down to the growth in the market but also the hazy understanding of the law. There is a common misconception that there is little legislation governing van drivers and van operations – perhaps because anyone with a standard car driver licence can drive a light commercial vehicle up to 3.5 tonnes. This, of course, is wrong.

“Most of the time there is a genuine lack of awareness – we see vans being operated by businesses that are very good at managing their health and safety in the primary areas of their business, away from the vehicle, but it may not translate to the vehicle operation. 

“The Van Driver Toolkit should help everyone employing van drivers and operating vans to improve their management of road risk. Not every business has the time or expertise available in-house to create the resources necessary to do this. 

“We created the Van Driver Toolkit so that managers could regularly share essential information with their drivers about the standards required, and how to meet them, in a wide range of easily accessible formats.”