FTA launches Van Policy Working Group

14th November 2019

The Freight Transport Association has reinforced its commitment to the rapidly expanding vans sector with the launch of a dedicated Van Policy Working Group.

The group, comprised of 41 leaders within the sector, will discuss the key policy compliance issues facing van drivers and seek to ignite change within the sector.

“As the number of vans continues to soar, it is vital the interests of individuals and businesses operating these vehicles are represented with stakeholders and government,” Elizabeth de Jong, the FTA’s Director of UK Policy, explained.The creation of a Van Policy Working Group reinforces our commitment to the market. As logistics needs change, and vans become increasingly important to UK PLC, this will mean FTA is perfectly placed to lead this sector forwards to even greater success.

“The new Van Policy Working Group represents just one initiative in a rich programme of activity.And with many new projects in the pipeline, including the development of a specialist emission zone advice service, FTA has positioned itself at the forefront of this burgeoning sector.”

The FTA’s existing van programme includes Operational Briefings, held across the country to boost knowledge and expertise across van operators, and the prestigious Van Driver of the Year award.

Elizabeth de Jong added: “Over the past 12 months, the number of van drivers in the UK has increased by more than 12% and together they cover 51 billion miles a year. With this growth comes the need to evaluate current safety, compliance and efficiency standards and drive improvements wherever necessary.

“The Van Policy Working Group will provide a vital mouthpiece for the industry with government, regulators and other stakeholders and provide a platform to communicate and debate the issues the market is facing. Van drivers and operators provide a vital service to the UK economy; their contributions must be valued and their concerns and hopes for the future heard and acted upon.”

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