Van Excellence announces winner of defect check competition Tue Aug 12 14:35:00 BST 2014

"The pre-use defect check is right at the very heart of ensuring operational safety and compliance."

Mark Cartwright, FTA's Head of Vans

Chris Charlton, road risk manager at Northern Powergrid, has been named the winner of the ‘Check me out’ defect check challenge competition held on the Freight Transport Association stand at the recent DRIVEIt event which took place at Bruntingthorpe Proving Grounds, Leicestershire. The challenge involved visitors carrying out a pre-use defect check on a van which had already been prepared with faults.

Chris, who was selected from everyone who walked around the vehicle and correctly identified all the defects, wins an all-expenses paid trip for two to a round of the World Superbike Championship in Jerez, Spain, courtesy of leading vehicle graphics and wrapping specialist Sign Language.

The Challenge took place outside the Van Excellence Arena which housed stands from the Van Excellence Industry Partners ATS Euromaster, Hertz Van Rental and Tom Tom Telematics where visitors to DriveIt were given advice and solutions for operating their van fleet.

Mark Cartwright, FTA’s Head of Vans, said:

“Many congratulations to Chris and to all the other entrants who took part on the day. The pre-use defect check is right at the very heart of ensuring operational safety and compliance. Just a few minutes at the start of duties goes an enormous way in confirming roadworthiness and we hope this fun competition went some way towards showing how quick and easy these checks can be for a driver to carry out. Our thanks also go to Sign Language for donating the prize and helping make this inaugural event such a success.”

The winner of the Van Driver of the Year Competition was Cameron Weir from Iron Mountain; in second place was Tony Finnerty of Amey Fleet and Plant; and third place was awarded to Matt Kitchin – a driver for National Grid.


Notes for editors

The Van Excellence Van Driver of the Year Competition involved 12 of the best van drivers in the country from Van Excellence accredited operators competing over six events. Sign Language was the official signage supplier for the event, providing the signage for all the vehicles used during the day.

The Van Excellence Van Driver of the Year Competition was sponsored by motors.co.uk and Leaseplan. Vehicles supplier: FIAT Professional; signage supplier: Sign Language; with Van Excellence Industry Partners ATS Euromaster, Hertz Van Rental and TomTom Telematics.

Van Excellence is an industry-led initiative which aims to enhance standards of van operator compliance, celebrate operators who demonstrate excellence and represent the interests of the van industry. Membership of Van Excellence is open to all operators of vehicles of 3.5 te GVW or less. Further information, including a registration form and a copy of the code of Van Excellence, can be found at www.vanexcellence.co.uk
 

 

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