Logistics UK to host series of van webinars

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Logistics UK has today (25 January) revealed it will be hosting a series of seven Van Gold Partner Webinars to take place on alternate weeks starting from 15 February 2021.

The webinars – sponsored by the AA, Bott Ltd, Brigade Electronics, Hertz, Lex Autolease, Quartix and TVL – will each be around one hour long and are free to attend.

Sharon Mitchell, Logistics UK’s Joint Head of Consulting & Standards, comments: “With more than four million of them on Britain’s roads, vans have played a key role in servicing the nation throughout the pandemic, reinforcing just how vital they are to the logistics industry. We are thrilled to be offering these webinars, each focusing on different topics such as driver behaviour, van security and introducing an electric vehicle (EV) fleet.”

Taking place between 10am – 11am on 15 February 2021, the first webinar will introduce the recent changes to the Logistics UK Van Excellence Standards, which have been updated to include Safety Technology. Ms Mitchell explains:

“Technologies are becoming increasingly developed and now play a vital role in ensuring the safety of all road users. We have updated our Van Excellence standards to require operators to enhance safety through the fitment of safety features to their vehicles to help prevent or mitigate road collisions. We recognise that each operator, and operation, is different and we have therefore not specified what technology must be fitted; it is up to the operator to demonstrate their method of safety technology.”

Speaking at the first event is Emily Hardy, UK Marketing Manager at Brigade Electronics, who has welcomed the update stating: “We are delighted the Van Excellence Standards are to include safety technology for new vans entering fleets. This brings vans in line with larger commercial vehicles, particularly in the freight, haulage and construction industries that have been adhering to voluntary schemes including Truck Excellence, FORS and CLOCS for the last decade.

“Brigade recommends a combination of active systems and passive systems to assist the driver and draw their attention to hazards that are in the vehicle’s blind spot. Ultimately if a driver is not looking in the right place at the right time, they will not see a potential problem. Not only do devices for indirect vision improve safety and efficiency but they also reduce costs associated with vehicle damage and insurance premiums.”

To book your place, or more information, please visit www.logistics.org.uk/vanwebinars

Logistics UK (formerly FTA) is one of the UK’s leading business groups, representing logistics businesses which are vital to keeping the UK trading, and more than seven million people directly employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. With COVID-19, Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important to UK plc. Logistics UK supports, shapes and stands up for safe and efficient logistics, and is the only business group which represents the whole industry, with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers whose businesses depend on the efficient movement of goods. For more information about the organisation and its work, including its ground-breaking research into the impacts of COVID-19 on the whole supply chain, please visit logistics.org.uk

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