The recent launch of the FTA Driver Agency Accreditation scheme at Westminster was not only endorsed by the Transport Minister Robert Goodwill but also by Senior Traffic Commissioner Beverley Bell as well as Theo de Pencier the FTA Chief Executive.
The voluntary initiative has been developed by the FTA, together with specialist driver agencies and aims to recognise, encourage and promote good practice within the sector.
Julian Thompson, Managing Director of 24-7 Staffing was appointed as Chairman of the governance group after working closely with the FTA over a three year period on the development of the scheme, and said: "This industry is not about getting just anyone behind the wheel, it's about knowing the legislation and practices that make a good agency. The FTA's Driver Agency Accreditation Scheme will give clients the assurance that the consultants really understand the legislation involved with driving their vehicles and can competently deliver a quality service to clients in this industry."
Every driver agency applying to become accredited by the scheme will be asked to sign a statement of intent and the FTA Driver Agency Accreditation Scheme will undertake an independent audit of the agency's systems covering core business standards, driver recruitment standards and driver management standards.
Theo de Pencier, FTA Chief Executive, commented: “Ensuring high standards are maintained is always a priority for our members, but it may prove to be particularly important in a year when economic growth could increase the need to access a flexible workforce. This scheme, which has been developed by driver agency members and vehicle operators, provides industry recognised standards as well as a governance structure to promote continuous improvement.”
The scheme was launched at the FTA/Department for Transport ‘Listening to Industry’ event by Transport Minister Robert Goodwill, who said: “I welcome the Freight Transport Association’s scheme to help ensure that high standards for drivers are maintained. I hope this measure helps to give driver agencies a recognised structure for improvement.”
The Driver Agency Accreditation Scheme’s Governance Group is made up of founding agencies and considers applications, audit performance, feedback results, complaints and any other detrimental information.
Senior Traffic Commissioner, Beverley Bell said: “These agencies provide a vital service to the commercial vehicle industry but the standards of service currently provided vary tremendously I am encouraged by the new FTA initiative to set up an accreditation scheme that will not only promote but also monitor high standards of service thereby enabling operators to ensure that their operator licence compliance is not compromised in any way. As regulators traffic commissioners reinforce the principles of road safety and fair competition and so we always welcome new initiatives from within the industry to achieve better standards.”
24-7 Staffing have been operating for almost ten years specialising in the Driving, Logistics, Industrial, Technical and Commercial sectors with offices based in Chippenham as well as Yate and are committed to raising the standards of recruitment across all sectors.
24-7 Staffing understand that recruiting a new employee represents a major investment in time and resources for any organisation. So whether you are looking to recruit high quality permanent, temporary or contract staff they can save you time and money using a range of innovative recruitment methods backed up with robust internal procedures.