FTA To Stage Free Van Event in Newtownabbey

The Freight Transport Association is holding a free van event in partnership with Mercedes-Benz Truck and Van on Wednesday 17 May at the dealership in Newtownabbey.

The morning will focus on van safety and managing risk, using a fictitious fatal crash to highlight the consequences of a poorly-managed operation. Delegates will watch a film of mock interviews under caution and will explore the issue from the perspective of the driver, manager and company owner.

During the afternoon there will be an opportunity to meet FTA staff and find out about the benefits of Van Excellence membership and other FTA products and services, including the innovative Vision compliance software and the Association’s Vehicle Inspection Service.

FTA Head of Vans Mark Cartwright
FTA Head of Vans Mark Cartwright

FTA Head of Vans Mark Cartwright said: “Effectively managing risk is vital in van operations. Driving is the most dangerous thing most of us do as part of our job and poor vehicle maintenance, driver fatigue and distraction are key issues to consider. The morning session will provide a snapshot of what can happen when these things aren’t kept in check – with fatal consequences.”

The event starts at 10am at Mercedes-Benz Truck & Van NI. It is free to attend and lunch will be provided.

To book a place contact FTA Member Relations Manager Jayne Currie at jcurrie@fta.co.uk or on 07818 450359