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SAFED receives industry recognition

18 December 2008

SAFED for Vans has been praised by 'Fleet Van', a major fleet industry publication, for being the force behind an environmental and safety revolution that is sweeping the van fleet market.

The programme won the inaugural Editor's Award, which is designed to recognise an individual or an organisation that has made a real difference to the van fleet market over time to the overall benefit of hard-working fleet decision makers. SAFED for Vans was commended for driving change that will cut emissions and reduce accidents, focusing on the most important aspect of fleet policy – the driver. It has already helped to transform the running costs of fleets throughout the county.

Fleet Van editor, Trevor Gelken said:

“We at Fleet Van put health and safety at work and running a cost-effective fleet as top priorities in the van fleet industry. When I sat down to decide who would win the Editors Award, SAFED for Vans immediately came to my mind because it has made such a tremendous difference to both these areas since it was launched”

“SAFED for Vans concentrates on road safety and fuel efficient driving, so van fleet operators with drivers who have passed the SAFED course will save money as well as contribute to safer roads in Britain. What could possibly be a better initiative to deserve the Editors Awards in the first ever Fleet Van Awards?”

Programme Marketing Manager, Tonia Smreczak, received the award at the Fleet Van Awards earlier this month on behalf of the Department for Transport and the SAFED for Vans trainer network.

SAFED training is currently available for light commercial vehicle (LCV) drivers, and heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers, with funding support available from the Government for LCV drivers, and drivers of HGVs who spend more than 30% of their time or mileage hauling aggregates.This funding is provided on a first come first served basis so interested companies need to act quickly to ensure they benefit.

To find out more about how business benefits can be gained from SAFED training visit www.safed.org.uk or call the helpline on 0870 190 8440

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