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Thursday 23 October 2014

Asda gains Van Excellence accreditation

van-excellence-2014-asdaSupermarket giant Asda’s home delivery fleet has been accredited by the Freight Transport Association (FTA) Van Excellence scheme. Asda currently operates over 1,800 light goods vehicles throughout the UK and like other home delivery fleets it faces unique challenges, undertaking many thousands of hours of intensive urban driving every year, as well as being subjected to the normal rigours of a commercial van fleet.

Launched in 2010, Van Excellence is the FTA-backed national accreditation scheme for van operators of commercial vehicles of 3.5 tonne GVW or less. It was established by the freight industry, for the freight industry, in order to promote high standards of van operation and driving by accrediting operators against a code of good practice. Since its launch Van Excellence has attracted the support of a variety of large commercial operators and with the addition of Asda has now accredited over 100,000 vehicles.

“At Asda the customer is number one and at the heart of everything we do,” said Sean Clifton, Asda's National Home Shopping fleet manager. “Providing a reliable, seamless, consistent online experience is engrained into our DNA. So we’re extremely pleased that the FTA has recognised, through its Van excellence accreditation scheme, that our appetite for high standards across not just service, but safety and compliance, is being replicated across our entire Home Delivery fleet.”

Commenting on this latest addition to the scheme Mark Cartwright, FTA head of vans and commercial vehicles, said: “We are delighted that ASDA has recognised the importance of the value of the Van Excellence Code of practice and how it can enhance its van operations, particularly with the rapid growth of home deliveries. Van Excellence has established itself as the operating standard for light fleet operators across all sectors.”

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