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Funded training: the theory part of Van Smart (VS) training is currently delivered remotely. Driver CPC hours will not be awarded for attending VS remotely with the practical on-cycle element at a later date. 

e-learning icons-03Van Smart aims to reduce work related road risks, improve safety and create long-term behavioural change in the van sector.

Van Smart training (delivered as classroom and on-cycle on the same day) is Driver CPC accredited and fully aligned to meet the requirements of:

  • FORS Silver
  • Work Related Road Risk (WRRR)
  • Construction Logistics & Community Safety (CLOCS) Standard

Attending Van Smart (delivered as classroom and on-cycle on the same day) is worth 6 CPD hours. Find out how to claim your CPD hours here. For more information about CILT(UK) CPD, please click here



Theory content:

  • The changing streetscape and the urban environment
  • Vulnerable road users and sharing the road safely
  • Defensive driving techniques and understand vehicle safety equipment and how to maintain its effectiveness

Practical content:

  • Exchanging places, driver attitude and perception
  • Introduction to active travel, driver fitness and health
  • Hazard recognition: understanding the issues faced by vulnerable road users

In London, vans account for 80% of all road freight mileage. 10% of road traffic incidents involve a van and 11% of these incidents result in serious injury or fatality. A DVSA (then VOSA) report revealed that many vans fail their MOT first time and 89% of those stopped were found to be overweight.

Components include:

  • A driver handbook– covering everything a van driver needs to know about how to be a safe, professional and courteous driver. This handbook is the takeaway from the Van Smart driver training course
  • Tools for managers – essentially a ‘How to’ guide for fleet operators and transport managers to help implement the Van Smart programme. The tools includes guidance on recruiting safety-minded staff, improving driving standards and running internal safety campaigns. It also includes Van Smart tools such as toolbox talks and awareness posters
  • A Competency Framework – this underpins the whole programme and defines what competencies van drivers need to have, what they need to do, and when and what behaviours they should demonstrate
  • Toolbox Talks – six driver briefings that promote informal discussion with the workforce. Each one focuses on a particular safety issue and mirror the key messages of the Van Smart training programme
  • Poster Set – a series of posters that visually communicate the six key messages of the Van Smart training programme

Van Smart driver training course

  • A modular Driver Training Course – an assessed and approved, professionally facilitated training course for van drivers comprising of both the theory and practical (on-bike) modules.
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