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Van Smart is a Transport for London (TfL) backed driver training programme that aims to reduce work related road risks, improve safety and create long-term behavioural change in the van sector.

The course is delivered in two sections comprising of a 3.5 hour classroom theory module and a 3.5 hour practical cycling module, where van drivers experience a cyclist’s view of the road, with both modules delivered on the same day.

The course meets the requirements of Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (DCPC) and is JAUPT approved as a 7 hour credit towards DVSA Periodic Training.  If you require 7 hours to be uploaded to the DVSA database a payment of £8.75 is required on the day. 

Van Smart Training is DCPC accredited and fully aligned to meet the requirements of:

  • FORS Silver

  • Work Related Road Risk (WRRR)

  • Construction Logistics & Community Safety (CLOCS) Standard

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.