Logistics UK, one of the UK’s biggest business groups, has announced that St John Ambulance, the national health and first aid charity with around 580 vehicles in its fleet, has been awarded its prestigious Van Excellence certification. The St John Ambulance fleet includes 300 ambulances, 65 treatment centre and first aid units, and 190 support vans and cars.

Van Excellence, an industry-led scheme promoting the safe, sustainable and efficient operation of vans, recognised St John Ambulance’s commitment to keeping its drivers, passengers and other road users safe through the adoption of best practice and a dedication to compliance.

Kevin Green, Marketing and Communications Director at Logistics UK, commented: “I cannot over-emphasise the importance of safety in van operations and seeking Van Excellence certification is an ideal way of achieving this assurance. The team at St John Ambulance recognises this and is committed to achieving the highest levels of safety and compliance. We were thrilled to present this certification to them and look forward to working with them in the future as they strive to maintain excellence.”

Mick Coley, Regional Fleet Manager at St John Ambulance, said: “The accreditation shows that St John Ambulance has achieved a definable level of service and management, proving to our current and future customers that the charity has sufficient policies and processes in place to manage its drivers and vehicles and to deliver a high level of service and safety. I believe it shows St John Ambulance cares for its drivers and vehicles and is willing and able to provide the evidence to show this. Over and above our commitment to CQC (Care Quality Commission) auditing, this award compares us directly to fleet industry standards.”

Van Excellence is a scheme run by Logistics UK to promote the safe operation of vans, representing the interests of the sector and celebrating operators demonstrating excellent standards. Van drivers are vital to the UK economy; there are now more than four million vans on UK roads. As this continues to increase, all road users benefit from improved driving standards and maintenance. The scheme is sponsored by the Van Gold Partners: AA, Bott, Brigade Electronics, Hertz, Lex Autolease, Quartix and TVL.

For further information on the Van Excellence Scheme, including how to join, please visit logistics.org.uk/vanexcellence