Mercedes-Benz Vans has joined forces with the FTA and Police to help keep light commercial vehicle operators in Northern Ireland safe, compliant and efficient.
The event, staged at the RADAR road safety training hub in Belfast, was attended by dozens of van customers representing a broad cross-section of industries and applications. Newtownabbey-based dealer MBNI Truck & Van highlighted the latest developments in the field of van safety from Mercedes-Benz.
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. Guest speaker Inspector Rosie Leech, of PSNI’s road policing team, described some of the issues that her colleagues regularly face when pulling over vans for roadside checks while Matthew Beattie and Mark Laughlin of Beatties Distribution Services talked about their own experience of going through the Van Excellence scheme.
Hazel Robinson, Group Human Resources Manager at Newry-based Murdock Builders’ Merchants (pictured), was impressed by the focus on looking after van drivers as well as their vehicles. She said: “Traders who use vans might not think of themselves first and foremost as drivers, but that’s what they are. It’s vital that people operating large and potentially dangerous vehicles also look after their physical and mental health.”