Logistics UK, the business group representing the logistics industry, has today (01 July 2021) announced the launch of a brand-new eLearning course, Van Driver Safety Training with the aim of ensuring the four million vans currently on the UK’s roads are being driven safely, efficiently and in compliance with government legislation.

The fully online course – launched officially at the Innovation and Technology in Transport Hub – ITT Hub at Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre – is available to Logistics UK members and non-members alike. The course provides van drivers with a comprehensive overview on how to operate a van safely, ranging from driver fatigue and the rules of the road, defensive driving to vehicle roadworthiness, and explains how to identify and report possible vehicle defects. The modules within the course also cover the importance of appreciating the powers of enforcement authorities, and advice on fuel efficiency and safe loading.

David Jordan, Deputy Operations Director of Services at Logistics UK, comments: “All van drivers are legally responsible for the road-worthiness of the vehicle they operate; along with their employer, they would be liable for prosecution if found to be operating a defective van. It is vital that anyone driving a van – whether using it to carry tools, equipment and materials, deliver goods, or to transport others – is aware of this responsibility and takes every possible step to ensure they are operating their vehicle safely and legally. Logistics UK’s brand-new virtual eLearning course, Van Driver Safety Training provides van drivers with the toolkit they need to ensure they keep themselves and other road users safe throughout their working days; we are thrilled to launch this service.”

The course is available to purchase for £9.95 per use for Van Excellence Accredited Operators, £12.95 per use for members of Logistics UK and £17.95 per use for non-members. For more information, and to sign up, please visit http://www.logistics.org.uk/vdst

Logistics UK is one of the UK’s leading business groups, representing logistics businesses which are vital to keeping the UK trading, and more than seven million people directly employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. With COVID-19, Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important to UK plc. Logistics UK supports, shapes and stands up for safe and efficient logistics, and is the only business group which represents the whole industry, with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers whose businesses depend on the efficient movement of goods. For more information about the organisation and its work, including its ground-breaking research into the impacts of COVID-19 on the whole supply chain, please visit logistics.org.uk