New Year brings new Industry Partners to Van Excellence Fri Jan 11 10:55:00 GMT 2013

"We are thrilled to welcome Hertz, ATS Euromaster & Route Monkey as the first Van Excellence Industry Partners."

Mark Cartwright, FTA's Head of Vans and Light Commercial Vehicles

2013 could not be looking brighter for Van Excellence, which continues to go from strength to strength as Hertz, ATS Euromaster and Route Monkey become Industry Partners of the FTA-backed scheme.

Industry Partnership is the perfect opportunity for the three highly respected organisations to become involved and support the Van Excellence scheme, which since its launch in 2010 has quickly become an integral part of promoting high standards of van operation and driving by accrediting operators against an industry code of good practice.

The Industry Partners are seen as an important addition to Van Excellence as it is thought that they will also help promote the Van Excellence Code amongst their customers and encourage its standards to be adopted and followed throughout the light commercial vehicle sector.

In addition to supporting Van Excellence, the Industry Partners will be working with FTA on a number of initiatives during 2013, including a Van Excellence supplement, developing best practice guides, and three new conferences throughout the UK.

What the Industry Partners say about supporting Van Excellence:

Commercial Vehicle Director at Hertz, Laura Moran said: "Hertz is delighted to strengthen its relationship with FTA as Van Excellence Industry Partner for rental in 2013. The FTA Van Excellence code embodies the professional approach and high operational standards that Hertz delivers to its customers and this partnership supports our goal of raising standards in the industry."

Peter Fairlie, Group Sales Director at ATS Euromaster, added: "We're a network built to support van fleets, so it’s a natural move for us to become FTA’s Van Excellence Industry Partner for tyres and fast-fit. Every day we’re working with fleets to improve the efficiency of their service, maintenance and repair operations; supporting the Van Excellence code reflects our position as a major industry provider."

Route Monkey Chief Executive Officer, Colin Ferguson said: "Route Monkey is proud to be the Industry Partner for routing and optimisation software in FTA's Van Excellence programme. Route Monkey’s software can help van operators to adhere to the Van Excellence code by being significantly more efficient and much more flexible to meet changing customer demands."

Van Excellence was launched in order to promote high standards of van operation and driving by accrediting operators against a code of good practice; the addition of Industry Partners to the scheme is good news for all involved.

"We are thrilled to welcome Hertz, ATS Euromaster & Route Monkey as the first Van Excellence Industry Partners," said Mark Cartwright, FTA's Head of Vans and Light Commercial Vehicles. "Their support of the scheme is invaluable and is the perfect start to 2013 for Van Excellence which continues to go from strength to strength, with the growth being indicative of how important it has now become within the logistics industry."

Notes for editors

Hertz, ATS Euromaster and Route Monkey became the first Van Excellence Industry Partners on 1 January 2013.

Accredited operators are those who have successfully demonstrated that their fleet management and compliance systems can meet the demanding standards of the Code of Van Excellence, the voluntary code of practice for van fleet operators.

Van Excellence was awarded the Best New Service Award at the 2012 Fleet News Awards.

Further information, including a list of accredited members of Van Excellence, a registration form and a copy of the code of Van Excellence, is available at

Membership of Van Excellence is open to all operators of commercial vehicles of 3.5 te GVW or less.

Hertz is the world's largest general use car rental company, operating from over 8,650 corporate locations in 150 countries worldwide. Hertz is in its 93rd year of delivering quality car rental solutions to leisure and corporate customers. Product and service innovations such as Hertz #1 Club Gold, Worldwide Online Check-in, specially designed NeverLost® satellite navigation systems, and unique cars offered through the company’s Prestige, Family, Fun/Adrenaline and Green Collections, set Hertz apart from the competition. For more information please go to

ATS Euromaster is the largest comprehensive tyre distributor in Great Britain, operating from more than 350 service centres and backed up by the country’s largest mobile fitting fleet. Far from being just a tyre specialist, ATS Euromaster also offers car and LCV operators a full range of service, maintenance and repair (SMR) skills

Founded in 2009, Route Monkey provides comprehensive scheduling and routing software solutions, for both conventional and electric vehicles (EVs). Its extensive portfolio of products is proven to save up to 20% on fuel bills. It has more than 400 customers, ranging from family-owned smaller businesses to nationwide logistics companies.


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