Companies and organisations signed-up to the FTA’s (Freight Transport Association) Van Excellence scheme won four awards at the Fleet News Awards presented at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 14 March, 2018.
The Fleet News Awards are now in their 30th year and judged by a panel of experts, chaired by a former chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufactures and Traders (SMMT), Christopher Macgowan.
The Van Excellence winners were Wakefield-based Freedom Group, which was named winner in the ‘Fleet of the Year: Up to 1000 vehicles' category; Skanska won the ‘Safe Fleet’ category; mobility providers Alphabet, won the ‘Leasing Company of the Year with more than 20,000 vehicles' award; and Skanska's Julie Madoui was named ‘Fleet Manager of the Year’.
"The Van Excellence scheme was set up to champion outstanding operational standards with the aim of improving safety and the reputation of the van industry,” said FTA's Head of Vans, Mark Cartwright. “The success of our members and partners at the Fleet News Awards shows that the Van Excellence scheme really does help firms to excel.”
Membership of FTA's Van Excellence programme is open to all operators of vehicles of 3.5t GVW or less. At its heart is the Van Excellence Code which sets out standards for best practice in van operations. Van Excellence supports operators who are seeking or who have gained certification, alongside all van owners who are keen to ensure they are operating to nationally-recognised standards.