Logistics UK launches online van driver safety training course

Logistics UK, the business group representing the logistics industry, has launched a new elearning course, Van Driver Safety Training. The course aims to ensure the four million vans currently on the UK’s roads are being driven safely, efficiently and in compliance with government legislation.

The online course is available to Logistics UK members and non-members alike. The course provides van drivers with a comprehensive overview on how to operate a van safely, ranging from driver fatigue and the rules of the road, defensive driving to vehicle roadworthiness, and explains how to identify and report possible vehicle defects. The modules within the course also cover the importance of appreciating the powers of enforcement authorities, and advice on fuel efficiency and safe loading.

“All van drivers are legally responsible for the road-worthiness of the vehicle they operate; along with their employer, they would be liable for prosecution if found to be operating a defective van,” said David Jordan (pictured), deputy operations director of services at Logistics UK. “It is vital that anyone driving a van – whether using it to carry tools, equipment and materials, deliver goods, or to transport others – is aware of this responsibility and takes every possible step to ensure they are operating their vehicle safely and legally. Logistics UK’s brand-new virtual eLearning course, Van Driver Safety Training provides van drivers with the toolkit they need to ensure they keep themselves and other road users safe throughout their working days.”

The course is available to purchase for £9.95 per use for Van Excellence Accredited Operators, £12.95 per use for members of Logistics UK and £17.95 per use for non-members. For more information, and to sign up, go to: www.logistics.org.uk/vdst

Dan Parton
Dan Parton is a former editor of Truck & Driver, the UK’s biggest selling truck magazine. He is now the editor of our three commercial vehicle titles: The Van Expert, The Truck Expert and Commercial Vehicle Engineer.

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