New edition of FTA Van Drivers' Handbook now available

Tuesday 09 May 2017

To provide van drivers with a quick and easy reference guide to help them stay legally compliant, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has published a new, fully-updated edition of its Van Drivers’ Handbook, sponsored by Brigade Electronics. 

The 84-page handbook is an essential guide to ensuring the safe, legal and efficient operation of vans and light commercial vehicles.  It contains practical advice and information and 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.

Mark Cartwright, FTA’s Head of Vans, said: “It’s important for van operators to provide their drivers with the information they need to stay safe and compliant, and the Van Drivers’ Handbook is the ideal quick reference guide to the main driving rules and requirements.  We would advise all drivers to carry a copy with them in their cab, so that guidance is on hand whenever they need it.”

Emily Hardy, Brigade’s UK Marketing Manager, said: “As a Van Excellence Gold Partner, Brigade Electronics is pleased to sponsor the FTA Van Drivers’ Handbook.  This is a useful guide to compliance and best practice to promote safety, which is at the core of Brigade’s business.  We continue to work closely with FTA to drive up standards in the commercial vehicle industry.”
The new edition includes fully-updated information on:

Concessions to drivers’ hours and records (GB Domestic driver’s hours)

Smart cards (application for driver’s digital card contact updates)

Recording other work (advice on setting a digital tachograph unit to ‘out of scope’)

Penalties for drug driving

Penalties for mobile phone use

Production of records on driving and non-driving days (see above ‘out of scope’)

Contact details for relevant agencies

Emissions surcharge (London only) and penalties

Modification of Instructions in Writing (electronic cigarettes)

The Van Drivers’ Handbook can be ordered from the FTA Shop at or by calling 03717 11 11 11, quoting product code 4273.  FTA member price £6.75, non-member price £8.00, bulk discounts apply.


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