Manufacturers turn to join FTA scheme
By: Richard Towey
27 April 2012
Five manufacturers have been signed up to the Freight Transport Association's (FTA) Van Excellence scheme, fleetnews.co.uk reports.
Fiat, Nissan, Isuzu and Mercedes were all given the accreditation by the FTA, along with German maker Volkswagen. The news comes after supermarket chain Sainsbury's was awarded in a similar way for its services to the freight and logistics industry.
The decision to reward Sainsbury's was thought to be based on the grocery retailer's services to the UK economy - the chain providing driving jobs to thousands through over 100 of its van fleets. For Volkswagen and the other manufacturers, announcements made by the FTA camp hint at an accreditation for producing reliable vehicles for business use.
Talking of the benefits that the five manufacturers will receive from becoming a partner of the FTA, head of the association's vans and light commercial vehicle unit, Mark Cartwright says they will be able to issue support to freight companies. This could possibly see a pick up in sales for the five, with their vehicles recognised as industry standard by businesses.
Cited choicequote.co.uk, Mr Cartwright said: "Becoming a partner of the scheme allows them to demonstrate their support for van operators and their drivers and their commitment to high standard of support and service for accredited fleets in vehicle acquisition and the after sales market."
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