Van drivers are vital to the UK economy in every way imaginable.
The van sector has grown into a substantial part of the motor industry and is very much under the spotlight for the general public, legislators and enforcement authorities.
Changes to sentencing guidelines mean companies and individuals are, more than ever, culpable for breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Fines are dependent on turnover and, in the case of larger companies, these could reach millions of pounds. Sentences imposed upon individuals are more severe and the likelihood of custodial sentences for directors is also greater.
It is against this background that a number of Van Excellence Accredited Operators have created meaningful training standards by which the entire industry can be measured.
High quality training is one of the essential principles cited in the HSE publication Leading Health and Safety at Work.
LCV Inspection Procedures and Standards
This course is designed to equip and develop vehicle inspection technicians, workshop supervisors and engineering managers with the relevant information and skills to raise light commercial vehicle (LCV) inspection standards.
The LCV Inspection Procedures and Standards course also gives an insight into the knowledge requirements for candidates wishing to undertake the irtec Light Inspection Licence, underpinning knowledge test and practical assessment.
Van Excellence - Directors
This course aims to tackle the challenges of implementing a safety-first culture, and how these challenges can be overcome by focusing on key performance areas such as driver competence, vehicle standards and operational processes.
Van Excellence – Managing Van Operations
This course is based upon the best practice guidelines detailed in the Logistics UK Van Excellence Standards. It provides best practice guidance for operating safely, legally and efficiently and is designed to raise standards across van operations.
Online & in-company
Van Excellence – Industry Suppliers
This in-company course is based upon the best practice guidelines detailed in the FTA Van Excellence Code. It is designed to provide a wealth of best practice guidance which will assist the staff of businesses supplying vehicle operators.