Winner announced for Van Excellence competition

Written by Ellie

The winner of a competition designed to raise awareness of the importance of pre-use defect checks on vans has been announced.

Northern Powergrid's road risk manager Chris Charlton correctly identified a series of faults with a van after walking around the vehicle to conduct an examination.

He was selected from those who found all the problems on the vehicle to be named winner of the recent Check me Out defect check challenge contest at the DRIVEIt event in Leicestershire. Mr Charlton receives an all-expenses paid trip for two to one of the rounds of the World Superbike Championship in Spain courtesy of Sign Language.

Organised by the Freight Transport Association (FTA) outside the Van Excellence Arena at the show in Bruntingthorpe Proving Grounds, the competition saw participants examine a van prepared with faults.

Commenting on the contest, FTA head of vans Mark Cartwright stated: "The pre-use defect check is right at the very heart of ensuring operational safety and compliance. Just a few minutes at the start of duties goes an enormous way in confirming roadworthiness."

He congratulated Mr Charlton and the other entrants to the competition and said he hoped it had helped to demonstrate how easy the checks are for drivers to carry out.

The pre-use defect check also formed part of the Van Excellence Van Driver of the Year Competition, which took place at the same event. It was open to all Van Excellence-accredited operators and sponsored by and Leaseplan.

Winner of the challenge, which took the form of a series of six tests to assess driving, risk awareness and knowledge, was Cameron Weir from Iron Mountain.

A total of 12 drivers took part in the contest, with second place awarded to Tony Finnerty of Amey Fleet and Plant, followed by Matt Kitchin for National Grid at number three.

The Van Excellence industry scheme is aimed at boosting standards and compliance by celebrating excellence, with the initiative open to all operators with qualifying vehicles.


Posted on 13th August 2014

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