Van Excellence continues to grow

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The Van Excellence scheme is run by the Freight Transport Association

The Van Excellence scheme continue to go from strength-to-strength with more big names joining the worthy scheme.

Run by the Freight Transport Association (FTA), the scheme is aimed at celebrating van operators who demonstrate excellence in their daily operations.

Among the big names involved are Sainsbury’s, Network Rail, BT Fleet and Balfour Beatty.

Now the FTA has announced that its latest industry partner is Lex Autolease.

The leasing firm is one of the country’s leading providers of commercial vehicles and offers van operators the chance to manage a high spec fleet.

The latest industry partner of Van Excellence

Lex’s commercial director, Marcus Puddy, said: “We are proud to become the latest industry partner of Van Excellence.

“The goal of promoting high standards in best practice for van fleets is close to our own strategic objectives and, as one of the country’s largest commercial vehicle providers, we are committed to helping businesses operate an efficient and safe and van fleet.”

The FTA is keen for more industry partners to come on-board as they are seen as a crucial springboard in encouraging customers to follow and adapt higher standards throughout the UK’s light commercial vehicle sector.

The FTA’s head of vans, Mark Cartwright, said: “We are delighted that Lex Autolease has chosen to become an industry partner as this indicates how important the scheme is becoming within the logistics industry.”

Other Industry Partners include Hertz, ATS Euromaster and TomTom Business Solutions.

First manufacturer dealer to join the Van Excellence scheme

The first manufacturer dealer to join the Van Excellence scheme is Haynes Ford Maidstone.

As a Recognised Partner, Haynes Ford is looking to improve good practice within their fleet and ensure compliance in everything they do.

The firm’s commercial sales manager, Neil Murray, said: “Van Excellence allows us to promote and develop our customers’ best practice.

“We are now able to offer customers a comprehensive and unique combination of market leading vehicles and offer advice on the latest best practice in van operation.”

Launched in 2010, the scheme is open to all van operators who run commercial vehicles of 3.5 t GVW, or less, with the aim of enhancing van operator compliance standards. Accredited partners must abide by a code of practice to enhance van operator compliance and overall standards of van operation.