Posted: February 2019
Fourteen of the UK’s finest van operators and drivers are celebrating today after being recognised as the ‘best of the best’ at the FTA’s 2018 Van Excellence Honours, which took place today (7 February 2019) in a glittering ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Birmingham, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Vans.
The awards, also sponsored by AA, Bott, Brigade Electronics, Hertz, Lex Autolease and Quartix, recognise and reward the van operators and drivers who have made a significant contribution to the van industry.
Mark Cartwright, Head of Vans and Light Commercial Vehicles at the Freight Transport Association (FTA), which administers the Van Excellence scheme, commented: “With more than 4.3 million vans on Britain’s roads, and the numbers increasing every year, it is important to recognise and reward the operators and drivers leading the way in excellence. All the winners, and highly commended entrants, place safety and compliance at the heart of their operations; they set a high standard for others to follow and can now take their place as the ‘best of best’ in the business. There is so much more to van operation than simply vehicle maintenance – community spirit, commitment to employee welfare and technological innovation are all integral parts of their roles. Van operators and drivers play an essential, and highly versatile, role in the UK economy, and it is high time their contributions are acknowledged.”
The full list of winners is as follows:
Helping the Community, sponsored by Quartix
Keeping Your Show on the Road, sponsored by AA
Making a Difference, sponsored by Lex Autolease
Putting Drivers First, sponsored by Brigade Electronics
Using Technology for Good, sponsored by Hertz UK
Winning at Wellbeing, sponsored by Bott Ltd
Hero of the Year, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Vans
Van Excellence Champion
Administered by FTA, the leading organisation in UK logistics, Van Excellence was created in 2010 to promote the safe operation of vans, represent the interests of the sector, and celebrate operators demonstrating excellent standards. Central to the scheme is the Van Excellence Code, a set of minimum best practice standards all van operators should aspire to achieve, covering safety, efficiency and sustainability.