Driver Agency Accreditation Scheme Launch
Freight Transport Association launched the FTA Driver Agency Accreditation Scheme on Thursday 6 February.
The voluntary initiative has been developed by FTA, together with the driver agency industry, and aims to recognise, encourage and promote good practice within the sector.
Theo de Pencier, FTA's Chief Executive, commented:
"Ensuring high standards are maintained is always a priority for our members, but it may prove to be particularly important in a year when economic growth could increase the need to access a flexible workforce. This scheme, which has been developed by driver agency members and vehicle operators, provides industry recognised standards as well as a governance structure to promote continuous improvement."
The scheme was launched at the FTA/Department for Transport ‘Listening to Industry’ event by Transport Minister Robert Goodwill, who said:
"I welcome the Freight Transport Association’s scheme to help ensure that high standards for drivers are maintained. I hope this measure helps to give driver agencies a recognised structure for improvement."
Julian Thompson, Managing Director, 24-7 Staffing Ltd commented:
"This industry is not about getting someone behind the wheel, it’s about knowing the legislation and practices that make a good agency. The FTA’s Driver Agency Accreditation Scheme will give clients the assurance that the consultants really understand the legislation involved with driving their vehicles."
The Senior Traffic Commissioner, Beverley Bell, also at the event, said:“Driver agencies provide a vital service to the commercial vehicle industry but the standards of service currently provided vary tremendously I am encouraged by the new FTA initiative to set up an accreditation scheme that will not only promote but also monitor high standards of service thereby enabling operators to ensure that their operator licence compliance is not compromised in any way. As regulators traffic commissioners reinforce the principles of road safety and fair competition and so we always welcome new initiatives from within the industry to achieve better standards.”
Every driver agency applying to become accredited by the scheme will be asked to sign a statement of intent and the FTA Driver Agency Accreditation Scheme will undertake an independent audit of the agency's systems covering core business standards, driver recruitment standards and driver management standards.