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FTA searches for best van driver in UK

LeasePlan UK is once again delighted to work with the Freight Transport Association (FTA) Van Excellence team in raising the profile of best practice van operations amongst fleet operators through the “Van Driver of the Year” event on Thursday 14th July 2016.

With over 3.2 million vans in the UK – representing 1 in 10 vehicles on our roads – sponsoring the FTA “Van Driver of the Year” competition highlights our commitment to raising van driver standards in a bid to make our roads safer.

Our van fleet customers tell us that duty of care is of paramount importance to them and so it’s great to be able to recognise and reward the businesses that take their van fleet operations seriously. In addition, the awards dispel the myth of ‘white van man’ being discourteous, dangerous and unprofessional. On the contrary, it’s evident that there are an increasingly large number of organisations in the UK that follow the FTA’s Van Excellence guidelines and operate a safe, efficient and legally compliant van fleet.

The 2016 FTA’s Van Excellence Driver of the Year winner will be assessed on a number of key competencies both on and off the road and will prove that he or she is upholding the values of safe and efficient van driving and ultimately, contributing to greater road safety. It is for this reason, that LeasePlan UK is proud to sponsor such a worthy event.

To find out more about the FTA Van Excellence awards visit


Paul Kirby

Paul Kirby

Paul has over 15 years’ experience with LCVs working for manufacturers and as an operator. He has been with LeasePlan UK since 2014, with responsibility for supporting Commercial Vehicle customers and developing our Business Critical Fleet proposition.

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