SmartDrive becomes FTA Van Excellence Recognised Partner

SmartDrive Systems, a leader in video based driver safety performance programmes for the commercial vehicle market, has become a recognised partner of the Freight Transport Association’s (FTA) Van Excellence scheme.

Designed to raise standards within the industry, the Van Excellence scheme helps and supports van and light commercial fleets to improve their operating and business practices. SmartDrive joins other participating providers in their efforts to enhance standards of van operator compliance, celebrate operators who demonstrate excellence and represent the interests of the van industry.

SmartDrive’s solution enables van and light commercial fleets to reduce the frequency, severity and financial impact of collisions. In many cases, fleets using the SmartDrive programme are able to reduce collision frequency by up to 70 percent and significantly reduce associated costs. The SmartDrive system provides fleet managers with a comprehensive view of risky driving performance, giving them the right tools to reduce preventable collisions and exonerate not at fault drivers, all through an easy to use, cost effective, web-based managed service.

“With its multi-level driver risk management system, combining video, driving intelligence and personalised driver performance profiles and coaching queues, SmartDrive is an ideal addition to our impressive cadre of recognised partners,” said Mark Cartwright, head of vans and LCVs at the FTA. “A key area of the Van Excellence scheme is a focus on improving the safety of van and light commercial drivers and other road users, and SmartDrive shares our vision of actively supporting our members and other van users to improve driving performance and on-road safety.”

SmartDrive offers a programme that lets fleets choose the level of protection that best suits their operation and driver safety programme. ¬†With three core offers–SmartDrive Shield, SmartDrive Defender and SmartDrive Assurance–all based on an intuitive, configurable platform, users can adapt and grow the solution, without costly upgrade charges.

“SmartDrive has been helping fleets identify and reduce risky driving behaviour, to drive down operating costs and save lives for over fourteen years. Research has shown that for every three hundred unsafe acts, there will be twenty-nine minor collisions and one major collision. We believe that the key to eliminating major collisions is working with fleets to tackle the unsafe behaviours and this is where our managed service is most effective,” noted Aidan Rowsome, vice president EMEA at SmartDrive. “Our approval as a recognised partner of the FTA Van Excellence scheme is a clear endorsement of our proactive approach to driver safety performance. We look forward to working closely with the Van Excellence team to educate and assist van and light commercial fleets achieve continuous improvement in on-road safety.”