FORS Van Smart
What is Van Smart?
Van Smart is essential training for all commercial Van drivers, regardless of the area of operation, which will raise the levels of knowledge to enhance awareness of vulnerable road users that
With the ever-increasing number of cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists on our roads, it is essential that Van drivers understand and are able to operate safely and reduce the risks of driving in today’s busy urban environments.
FORS Approved The VS course will provide FORS accredited Silver operators with approved training as identified within the FORS standard.
With increasing levels of legislation; this training module has been designed to re-educate drivers in the legal and moral obligations of the driver, relating to the various groups identified as Vulnerable Road Users.
Attending a Safe Urban Driving course is a requirement for standards such as the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS), Construction Logistics and Community Safety (CLOCS) and Work-Related Road Risk (WRRR).
A one-day course consisting of a classroom-based theory session and an outdoor on-road cycling session where drivers change places to gain insights into the cyclist experience on the road.
The VS course focuses on how van drivers share our cities’ streets safely with the most vulnerable road users.
There is a particular emphasis in the course on cyclists and includes a practical ‘on-road’ cycle training module to give drivers a ‘real life’ experience of a cyclist’s perspective.
See also – Overview for course aims and objectives
What will you learn?
How to effectively plan and prepare for a journey How and why roads are changing to accommodate active travel, such as walking and cycling The hazards of the urban environment and how they can create distractions for drivers Who vulnerable road users are, and how they interact with traffic How to share the road safely with others.
Course Duration & Delegate numbers
The Van Smart course is 7 hours and can contribute a full day towards the 35 hours Driver CPC that professional drivers need. The course consists of two 3 ½ hour modules (both delivered on the same day).
Our company can facilitate classes of varying sizes up to a maximum of 24 people per course.
Alternatively, if you are interested in on-site training or a Van Smart course for your entire fleet, please contact us for pricing information.