Transport for London’s Van Smart

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Aims of the Course

This course aims to reduce work-related road risks and create long-term behaviour change in the van sector by bringing about professionalism amongst the drivers.


The vast majority of van drivers are hard-working, reliable and dedicated individuals who look after their vans and are proud of their driving skills and their ability to share the road effectively with other users. However, because they are busy people, it is all too easy for some of them to forget some of the risks they may pose to themselves and vulnerable road users like pedestrians and cyclists. In London, vans cover 80 percent of all road freight mileage, 10 percent of road traffic incidents involving a van and 11 percent of these incidents result in serious injury or fatality.

Course Duration

The course consists of one 3.5hr theory module and one 3.5hr on-cycle practical module. The aim of the theory modules is to equip participants with the knowledge, skills and tools they need to become safer, diligent, more efficient and professional drivers. The practical module provides instruction to professional drivers to improve their awareness of vulnerable road users (VRUs), using cycles on the public highway.

Course Objectives

  • To equip the drivers with the knowledge, skills and tools they need to plan and prepare themselves for driving
  • To equip the drivers with the knowledge, skills and tools they need to carry out their job diligently, safely, responsibly and with consideration for others
  • To help van drivers become safer, more efficient and professional
  • Transport for London‘s Van Smart driver training programme, endorsed by DVSA