WHO are the van operators in this world.
And what defines a van driver?
Some may actually be qualified plumbers, electricians or engineers – who just happen to drive a van – and therefore don’t classify themselves as van operators.
But by the simple fact that they are driving a van that’s actually what they are.
A van driver.
Often an overlooked category in the freight and logistics world, van operators – particularly drivers – may well feel ‘unloved’.
Some may be unfairly labelled ‘white van man’ and invariably are never recognised for the invaluable job they’re doing.
So, the question is – if and when they need it – who is representing them, supporting the work they do and looking after their interests?
Before 2011 it appeared to be nobody.
That’s until the launch of the Freight Transport Association’s (FTA) Van Excellence scheme.
From the start Van Excellence has always had very straightforward aims:
- Recognise excellence in operations
- Improve standards by providing best-practice guidance
- Dissuade legislators from imposing ‘truck-like’ legislation on van operators