Asda, which operates a home delivery fleet of more than 1,800 LGVs, has recently been accredited by the Freight Transport Association’s (FTA) Van Excellence scheme.
The retailer recognises how important high standards of van operations are to deliver to its customers on a day-to-day basis.
The online shopping industry is now estimated to be worth £117.6bn to the UK economy alone.
In supporting those shoppers, home delivery fleets traditionally face unique challenges and undertake many thousands of hours of intensive urban driving every year, as well as being subjected to the normal rigors of a commercial van fleet.
Sean Clifton, national home shopping fleet manager at Asda, said: “At Asda the customer is number one and at the heart of everything we do.
"Providing a reliable, seamless, consistent online experience is engrained into our DNA.
"We’re extremely pleased that the FTA has recognised, through its Van Excellence accreditation scheme, that our appetite for high standards across not just service, but safety and compliance, is being replicated across our entire home delivery fleet.”
Van Excellence was launched in 2010 and was established by the freight industry for the freight industry in order to promote high standards of van operation and driving by accrediting operators against a code of good practice.
Since its launch, Van Excellence has attracted the support of a variety of large commercial operators, and with the addition of the supermarket giant, has now accredited more than 100,000 vehicles.
Mark Cartwright, head of vans and commercial vehicles at FTA, said: "We are delighted that Asda has recognised the importance of the value of the Van Excellence Code of practice and how it can enhance its van operations, particularly with the rapid growth of home deliveries.
"Van Excellence has established itself as the operating standard for light fleet operators across all sectors.”
The Van Excellence Code was agreed by operators acting as a Governance Group, and requires systems to be in place to check vehicle roadworthiness, driver entitlement, load security and other safety aspects.
The standard exceeds the minimum requirements of the current law and selects and adapts the requirements of O-licensing normally applied to trucks for the van sector.