The Freight Transport Association is held a free van event in partnership with Mercedes-Benz Truck and Van on Wednesday 17 May at the dealership in Newtownabbey.
The morning focused on van safety and managing risk, using a fictitious fatal crash to highlight the consequences of a poorly-managed operation. Delegates watched a film of mock interviews under caution and will explore the issue from the perspective of the driver, manager and company owner.
During the afternoon session there was an opportunity to meet FTA staff and find out about the benefits of Van Excellence membership and other FTA products and services, including the innovative Vision compliance software and the Association’s Vehicle Inspection Service.
FTA Head of Vans Mark Cartwright said: “Effectively managing risk is vital in van operations. Driving is the most dangerous thing most of us do as part of our job and poor vehicle maintenance, driver fatigue and distraction are key issues to consider. The morning session will provide a snapshot of what can happen when these things aren’t kept in check – with fatal consequences.”