They join the 25 other operators that have successfully demonstrated that their fleet management and compliance systems can meet the standards of the Freight Transport Association’s Code of Van Excellence, the voluntary code of practice for van fleet operators.
Vehicle and fleet management service provider LeasePlan has also joined Van Excellence as a partner of the scheme. Partners promote the Code of Van Excellence amongst their customers and encourage its standards to be adopted and followed throughout the light commercial vehicle sector. LeasePlan has been established for more than 30 years and has 34,000 vehicles under management.
Mark Cartwright, the FTA’s head of vans and light commercial vehicles, said: ‘These major developments signal continued strong support and interest in the goals and mission of Van Excellence as a way of promoting high standards of operation in the van sector. The challenging operating conditions in the utilities sector have not deterred nor prevented Morrison Utilities and Amey from achieving the standards of operators in other sectors.’
There are now 27 accredited operators, with a further 80 having expressed interest or undergoing accreditation to the scheme. The total number of vehicles operated is 137,500.