Van Sense is a scheme designed to provide van and light commercial vehicle operators of all sizes, with a more streamlined, cost-effective route to achieving industry 'best practice' standards of operation at a fraction of the cost, and with less formality than that offered by the Freight Transport Association's (FTA) Van Excellence scheme.
At the scheme's core, is a comprehensive and compliant Code of Practice which covers the same operational standards as FTA's Van Excellence, and draws on the proven elements of the operator licensing scheme for goods vehicles. Using the Code of Practice as a road map for improvement, van operators can work towards recognition as industry leaders by achieving best practice objectives, certain in the knowledge that they are operating to nationally recognised standards.
To compliment the Code of Practice, we have developed a range of support systems and services available not only for those operators seeking certification, but to all van operators to ensure they are operating to nationally recognised best practice standards.
Achieving the standards laid down in the Van Sense Code of Practice requires enthusiasm and commitment, however once achieved, Van-Sense can provide benefits including:
- improved corporate image
- improved levels of safety, reducing the risk of collisions and breakdowns
- increased efficiency by improving working practices and fuel efficiency
- improvements in compliance, reducing the risk of penalties and fines
The process of certification enables operators to promote their commitment to the compliant operation of light commercial vehicles and vans, that operators of heavier vehicles have been able to do so for decades.
In order to create a level playing field, Van-Sense provides a two-stage accreditation process, the first being preparation and the second being accreditation.
In order to become an accredited member of Van-Sense, operators must pass an initial procedural audit, which must be carried out within three months of an operators application to join the scheme and is valid for one year. Confirmation of continuing accreditation audits will be notified at least eight weeks prior to the anniversary the previous audit to permit seamless for re-certification/membership.
Download the Van-Sense Code which sets out the current minimum 'best practice' standards required to ensure the safe operation of light commercial vehicle and van fleets, regardless of fleet size or industry sector.