New edition of FTA’s Van Drivers’ Handbook now available

Monday 29 November 2010

The Freight Transport Association has published an updated edition of its Van Drivers’ Handbook – the essential guide to ensuring the safe, legal and efficient operation of vans and light commercial vehicles. The 84-page handbook is designed to give van drivers a quick and easy reference guide to help them stay legally compliant, together with practical advice and information on the daily operation of the vehicle.

The comprehensive and fully updated guide covers topics such as legal requirements, defensive driving, safe use of vehicles, drivers’ hours and records, driving licences and offences, speed limits and much more.

The new edition now includes:

A new section on towing trailers – giving advice to drivers on combination suitability, attaching the trailer, loading the combination and safe driving;
Comprehensive information on rules about the display of lights when parking at night;
New information on managed and controlled motorways.

The FTA Van Drivers’ Handbook is available online from Shopfta at or call 08717 11 11 11, at £6.75 a copy for FTA members or £8.00 for non-members, with discounts available for multiple copies (product code 4273).
Notes for editors

For further information or a review copy of the Van Drivers’ Handbook, call the FTA press office on 01892 552255/552253, or email

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