Mercedes-Benz Vans backs FTA drive for higher safety standards in Northern Ireland

The police, Mercedes-Benz Vans and the Freight Transport Association teamed up to deliver a special briefing on van safety for operators in Northern Ireland.

The event aimed to help keep light commercial vehicle operators across Northern Ireland safe, legally compliant and efficient.

Delegates also learned about the support on offer from FTA’s Van Excellence scheme and received tips from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) on how to stay on the right side of the law.

Staged at the innovative RADAR road safety training hub, the event was attended by dozens of van customers representing a broad cross-section of industries and applications.

Guest speaker Inspector Rosie Leech, of PSNI’s road policing team, gave attendees valuable insight when she described some of the issues that her colleagues regularly face when pulling over vans for roadside checks.

And van operators, Matthew Beattie and Mark Laughlin of Beatties Distribution Services, talked about their own experience of going through the Van Excellence scheme, and the positive effects it had on their operation in terms of incident reduction and general operating efficiency.