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Yorkshire Housing has achieved the Freight Transport Association gold standard Van Excellence operator accreditation.

The Van Excellence scheme, which has more than 120 accredited organisations, promotes the highest standards of van operation and driving by accrediting operators against an industry code of good practice.

Yorkshire Housing carry out repairs and maintenance to 18,000 homes across Yorkshire, with 124 vans covering over 1.6 million miles each year.

Yorkshire Housing’s fleet manager Andy Lillywhite said: “We’re proud to be awarded this accreditation after a rigorous process. It would not be possible without the support of all our drivers. Their driving behaviour confirms we operate our fleet above and beyond current transport and government requirements.

“The award shows we’re committed to safer, more efficient and sustainable use of our vans, and we’re a responsible and safe vehicle fleet operator.”

The scheme aims to raise compliance levels across the sector by setting the highest standards and sharing best practice, professionalising the industry and moving away from the traditional ‘white van man’ image.

Freight transport association’s head of vans Mark Cartwright said: “I’m delighted that Yorkshire Housing has achieved Van Excellence accreditation. The scheme is an extremely robust and complete measure of an organisation’s approach towards the compliant, safe and efficient running of its fleet. This achievement demonstrates that Yorkshire Housing takes its corporate responsibilities very seriously.”


For further information please contact communications officer Adrian Capon on 07786 111656 or email