September 17, 2019

Mercedes-Benz Vans backs FTA drive to promote higher safety standards

Mercedes-Benz Vans has joined forces with the Freight Transport Association (FTA) and police to help keep LCV operators across Northern Ireland safe, legally compliant and efficient.

A special briefing in Belfast provided Newtownabbey-based Dealer MBNI Truck & Van with an opportunity to showcase the brand’s latest developments in the field of van safety.

Delegates also learned about the support on offer from FTA’s Van Excellence scheme, and received tips from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) on how to stay on the right side of the law.

Representing Mercedes-Benz Vans Dealer MBNI Truck & Van, who sponsored the event, was sales specialist Johnny Andrews. He offered attendees an insight into the efforts of Mercedes-Benz to build the safest light commercial vehicles on the road.

The brand’s safety heritage includes a number  of pioneering technologies, from crash testing and crumple zones in the 1950s, through developments such as anti-lock brakes and airbags, to more recent developments such as Adaptive ESP® anti-skid system.

He also described the ongoing efforts of Mercedes-Benz Vans to support the nation’s drivers and operators through its regular Business Barometer surveys, which highlight some of the pressures they face.

Hazel Robinson, group human resources manager at Newry-based Murdock Builders’ Merchants, was impressed by the focus of FTA and Mercedes-Benz Vans on looking after van drivers as well as their vehicles. “Traders who use vans might not think of themselves first and foremost as drivers, but that’s what they are. It’s vital that people operating large and potentially dangerous vehicles also look after their physical and mental health,” she observed.