Fleet Managers Weigh Up The Risks Of Overloaded Vans

Date Posted: 15/03/2018 13:41:07

New 2018 dates set for Venson and FTA training seminars

Venson Automotive Solutions reminds businesses that overloaded vans can be one of the most unsuspecting yet damaging factors to affect fleets. A van over its weight limit, is a safety risk for the driver and other road users, as well as a legal issue for the employer. Venson is gearing up to deliver a series of training sessions  with the Freight Transport Association (FTA) providing best practice and a qualification for fleet managers with the Certificate of Excellence.

Businesses may take the time to ensure their vans are fit for purpose, with regular servicing and maintenance, but overloading won’t only add to wear and tear, it could see driver and employer face prosecution. DVSA figures[1] show that as many as eight in 10 vehicles they stop are because they are overloaded, resulting in on-the-spot fines of up to £300[2].  Businesses and drivers of vans that are found in breach of other safety regulations, including mechanical defects, could result in a court appearance and larger fines. 

Alison Bell, Marketing Director for Venson Automotive Solutions, comments “With the success of many businesses reliant upon keeping their drivers on the move, having a van taken off the road due it being damaged as a result of overloading could cost dear, not to mention facing a fine and the loss of reputation. This is just one of the issues fleet managers face on a day to day basis. We are therefore supporting commercial vehicle operators by providing a course designed for individuals who manage or supervise a van fleet and will discuss best practice and compliance issues across a range of topics.”

Not only do the Venson and FTA seminars address the safe and legal way to load a van, but they cover vehicle maintenance systems, administration, driver licensing and speed limits, as well as vital information on securing loads, towing equipment and driver behaviour and competence. Individuals attend a half-day workshop and take a short exam leading to the FTA Certificate of Excellence which is valid for three years and helps drivers and their managers maintain high levels of safety and competence.

Mark Cartwright, Head of Vans for the Freight Transport Association, comments, “Any organisation operating vehicles as part of its business activity has a responsibility to consider the safety of drivers and the public. The FTA Van Excellence Scheme and our courses are designed to empower van operators with the knowledge they need to demonstrate best practice. The Venson team is a good example of quality professionals focused on raising standards and helping their clients to operate safely, legally and efficiently.” 

Building on the success of last year’s seminars, where 12 courses were attended by 113 delegates from 45 organisations, further seminars designed to help organisations operate safer van fleets are being held throughout 2018. The following events are taking place in the first half of the year:

15th March – York

25th April – Birmingham

8th May – Bristol

18th May – Manchester

For more information on the seminars please contact email events@venson.com

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