- 15 April 2021
- Transport / Logistics Services
Logistics UK has been celebrating its 11th year of the Van Excellence scheme that promotes the safe and efficient operation of vans. According to Logistics UK’s Head of Consulting & Standards, Sharon Mitchell, now is the ideal time to celebrate the determination of van drivers to support UK society and the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic:
“From March 2020, the van community stepped up to serve the nation, from delivering food shopping to the most vulnerable to keeping businesses moving behind the scenes and their efforts were recognised with official acknowledgement as ‘key workers’ by government. 80% of businesses in the van industry said they had adapted their services to better serve their community, with van drivers reporting working an additional 20 hours a month, according to the Mercedes-Benz Vans Business Barometer. Operators in the Van Excellence scheme – who represent the best in the community – are no exception; we would like to thank them for their incredible efforts over the past 12 months as we mark one year since the first lockdown.”
The Van Excellence scheme is a series of tests that participating operators undertake to demonstrate their commitment to safer, efficient and sustainable van fleets.
Mitchell continued: “The Van Excellence scheme has gone from strength to strength since its inception 11 years ago, with many household names – including National Grid, Wayfair and Sainsbury’s – achieving certification. Whether a business is operating a fleet of a 100 or a small fleet of one or two, the need for safe, compliant and efficient operations remains the same, and thanks to Van Excellence, more vans than ever before are being operated to the highest standards.”