Firm helps steer top accreditation

Happy: Gethin Roberts
Happy: Gethin Roberts
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A driver recruitment agency based in Lancashire is helping to create a new accreditation scheme which aims to raise standards within the transport and distribution industry.

Drivers Direct, which is based in Preston and has 17 centres across the UK, has worked in partnership with the Freight Transport Association (FTA) to help develop ‘The Driver Agency Accreditation Scheme.’

Gethin Roberts, managing director of Drivers Direct, said: “It is a huge honour to have worked with the FTA to help develop their first ever accreditation scheme for driver recruitment.

“The accreditation has taken three years to create and sets out to recognise driver recruitment agencies that operate within the highest standards, giving welcome reassurance to transport companies and any businesses needing to engage drivers.”

Drivers Direct, which is one of the UK’s biggest driver recruitment agencies, is among 12 agencies that helped develop the accreditation scheme with the FTA and are among the first to receive the accreditation mark.

The new accreditation scheme is voluntary and is open to all agencies wishing to apply for recognition.

The driver agency accreditation scheme’s Governance Group, which is made up of the founding driver agencies, will consider applications on a range of areas, including insurance, data protection, service quality, driver training, compliance, health and safety, driver hours, customer feedback and complaints procedures.

The Governance Group is accountable to a Standards Committee which is made up of vehicle operators.

To find out more about the scheme visit www.driversdirect.co.uk or www.fta.co.uk/daas