Calling all South West van operators – extra FTA briefing to be held in Bristol

Thursday 12 May 2016

Due to the overwhelming popularity of the Freight Transport Association’s Van Excellence Operational Briefings sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Vans, which took place in April, this popular event is coming to the South West for the first time with an extra event on Tuesday 7 June at the Ashton Gate Stadium - home to Bristol City FC and Bristol Rugby.

The briefings provide companies with a unique opportunity to explore operational best practice across a range of key areas within van operation and examine the ramifications - often serious and sometimes catastrophic - of something going wrong, looking at the strategies and processes operators could and should be putting in place to measure, manage and reduce the risk and impact of shortfalls.

The event takes a closer look at the way drivers’ actions can impact on how a fleet operation works, and reflects on how planning and consideration can improve the way they work and the image of the van driver in the UK.

Excellent feedback from delegates who attended the events held in Nottingham, Weybridge and Glasgow included a comment from Alison Moriarty CMILT, Fleet Risk and Compliance Manager at Skanska: “The Van Excellence Briefings we attended were excellent! They demonstrated the need to manage risk in van operations but also provided practical guidance on strategies to adopt. An absolute must for anyone involved in operating vans, including senior managers and directors who must understand the repercussions of getting it wrong.”

Mark Cartwright, FTA’s Head of Vans and LCVs, said: “We are delighted to be able to bring the popular Van Excellence Operational Briefings to Bristol, for the benefit of operators in the area. The Ashton Gate Stadium is a premier venue, and being in a prime location allows easy access for anyone based in the South West.”
The Van Excellence Operational Briefings 2016 are supported by Van Excellence Gold Partners ARI, ATS Euromaster, Bott Ltd, Hertz Van Rental, Lex Autolease and TomTom Telematics.

Places are available to all van operators whether existing Van Excellence members or those keen to know where to begin. The cost is just £50 plus VAT per delegate, or ten places for £200, and one free place is available to the Van Excellence Governance Group, Van Excellence accredited operators and Guide to Van Excellence subscribers.

For further information or to book a place go to or call the FTA Member Service Centre on 03717 11 22 22.
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