VOSA on improving van operating standards at FTA conference Fri Sep 20 12:14:00 BST 2013

The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) is determined to improve standards of van operation and makes no secret of its intention to significantly ramp up the number of roadside inspections and its other enforcement activity.  At the third event in the Freight Transport Association's Van Excellence conference series, to take place in Dunblane next month, the focus will be on improving van operating standards and providing operators with the information they need in order to manage their fleets efficiently and safely. 

Gordon MacDonald, VOSA's Traffic Enforcement Policy Manager, will be making the keynote address at the conference on the impact of the recession on operator practices and providing the opportunity for delegates to hear at first hand VOSA's views on the operational standards of vans across the UK and on the van world generally. 

Mark Cartwright, FTA’s Head of Vans said:

"Van Excellence proves that operators are entirely capable of self regulation.  FTA applauds the efforts of VOSA to increase general operational standards and we are delighted that VOSA has agreed to come along and provide its views on the issues facing van operators.”

Other key topics to be covered at the event include managing road risk; an examination of the Van Excellence scheme through the eyes of an accredited operator; reducing operational costs; current and upcoming legislative issues; VOSA's view of enforcement in the world of vans; future van technology; and vehicle specifications.

The conference is sponsored by Van Excellence industry partners ATS Euromaster, BT Fleet, Hertz Van Rental, Route Monkey and TomTom Business Solutions, who will be on hand during the day to talk more with delegates about their role as industry partners with Van Excellence.

The conference will take place on Tuesday 29 October at the DoubleTree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro, Dunblane between 9.30am and 4.30pm.

Places are available to FTA members at £325 + VAT for the first delegate and £275 + VAT for subsequent delegate and to non-FTA members at £385 + VAT for the first delegate and £345 + VAT for subsequent delegates.

For further information or to book a place, go to http://www.fta.co.uk/events/van_excellence_conferences.html or call the FTA Member Service Centre on 08717 112222.


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