Mercedes-Benz Vans in the UK is the first manufacturer to put all head office employees through the Freight Transport Association (FTA) Van Excellence in Operations qualification.
Working with the FTA to create a unique programme tailored for a van manufacturer, all 77 Mercedes-Benz Vans staff based at Milton Keynes, including those in sales, fleet, service & parts, customer services and marketing are now FTA Van Excellence qualified.
The programme is based upon the best practice guidelines contained in FTA’s Van Excellence Code, and covers a wide range of key industry topics, including vehicle standards, legislation, operator licencing, driver hours, overloading and trailer towing.
Steve Bridge, managing director, Mercedes-Benz Vans, said: “It is important that all Mercedes-Benz Vans colleagues understand the issues affecting van operators, to enable us to best support our customers.
“By putting every colleague through the FTA Van Excellence qualification means that we are well-placed to answer any question and give guidance where needed from any member of the team.”
Mark Cartwright, head of vans and LCV’s at the FTA, added: “Whilst there are many great examples of operational compliance within van fleets, feedback from the enforcement agencies tells us there is still work to do and the best way of supporting operators is with the collaboration of industry providers such as the manufacturers.
“I’m delighted to see Mercedes-Benz Vans take the initiative to further support their customers.”