To help ensure that business vehicles are operated to the highest standards, as well as protecting the health and wellbeing of those who drive them, the Freight Transport Association is organising a series of expert seminars nationwide, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Vans.

The events, which will take place in Glasgow, Oxford and Derby during April, will provide the latest information on compliance and operating standards, as well as highlighting the importance of driver health and wellbeing.

“Driving is the most dangerous activity that most people do at work, yet many businesses assume that, regardless of the number of vans they use, their duty to provide a safe workplace and protect the safety of others does not extend to their vehicles,” Mark Cartwright, the FTA’s Head of Vans said.

“However, according to the road safety charity RoSPA, more than 100 people are killed or seriously injured every week in crashes involving someone who is driving, riding or otherwise using the road for work, so it is beholden on employers to ensure that they and their staff are working in the best possible conditions, both mentally and physically, to keep trading without incident.”

The Operational Briefings will offer advice from experts and practical measures to help organisations make the most of their most valuable resources – their staff.  There will be presentations from leading experts on mental health, stress and managing an aging workforce, with expert speakers including representatives of men’s mental health charity CALM, the NHS and the FTA’s own van experts.

“The Van Excellence scheme has safety at its heart, and caring for drivers is one of the best ways for employers to improve their safety record,” Mark Cartwright added.  “Anyone with a van is welcome at our Operational Briefings, no fleet is too small or too large.”

The FTA’s Van Excellence Operational Briefings 2018 will take place on 10 April at Celtic Park, Glasgow; 12 April at Kassam Stadium, Oxford; and on 19 April at Pride Park, Derby.  Bookings, at £50 + VAT per person, can be made at