Mercedes-Benz Vans UK Ltd is, for the third year, supporting the upcoming Freight Transport Association (FTA) Van Excellence Operational Briefings.

The theme for 2017 is managing operational risk in van fleets and the day will be based around a dramatisation of a serious road traffic collision (RTC) involving a van and its ramifications, with speakers covering best practice in driver management, the development of policies for and practical management of drug driving, driver psychology and minimisation of distraction and health screening.

The three events take place:

  • 1 March – Villa Park, Aston Villa Football Club, Birmingham
  • 23 March – Twickenham Stadium, London
  • 29 March – Pavilions of Harrogate, Harrogate

Mark Cartwright, FTA’s Head of Vans, said: “Van drivers are typically either employed as an engineer or craftsman who just happens to drive a van or, in the delivery sector, are fairly transient with operators experiencing a high turnover of staff. This, coupled with extended management structures, makes driver management a challenge and these briefings are aimed at giving businesses the advice and help they need to professionalise their operation and improve safety and compliance.”

Andy Eccles, Head of Business Development, Mercedes-Benz Vans, will be delivering the sponsors address for the Operational Briefings. He commented: “We are extremely proud to be supporting the FTA Van Excellence Operational Briefings again this year. Safety and compliance are such important areas for all van operators, irrespective of size, so we are pleased to be able to help spread the word and support the industry with our products and services.

“We will also be present with vehicle displays and a stand at the event to enable van operators to further understand how our products and services can help to support and keep their business moving, effectively, efficiently and compliantly.”

One free place is available to the Van Excellence Governance Group, Van Excellence accredited operators and Guide to Van Excellence subscribers. The cost of further places and for all other delegates is £50 plus VAT per delegate, or ten places for £200. For further information or to book a place go to or call the FTA Member Service Centre on 03717 11 22 22.