Wren Kitchens has been recognised by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) with an Earned Recognition best in class award, following its latest safety audit.
The independent kitchen specialist achieved all five of the DVSA’s vehicle maintenance objectives.
Wren Kitchens Transport and Logistics Director, Lee Holmes, said: “We’re delighted to have earned this DVSA Earned Recognition Reward, as we always push to ensure our vehicle standards are of the highest quality, but most importantly, our drivers and roadusers safety is at the heart of everything we do.
“Delivering over 2,000 kitchens a week nationwide to our valued customers is a complex operation, relying on a fleet of over 250 vehicles to ensure 99.5% of orders are delivered in full and on time.
“Not only that, but we’re continually striving to be at the forefront of safety innovations, and we’re delighted that this award highlights the team’s hard work.”
Earned Recognition is accredited to operators that show excellent standards of vehicle maintenance and driver safety. To receive the award, companies must have a full compliance audit.
In order to achieve accreditation, operators must meet the following requirements:
- 100% Complete set of safety inspection records
- 100% Safety inspection records are completed correctly, including all relevant sections and signed off as being roadworthy
- 100% Safety inspections are completed within the stated frequency
- 100% Driver defect reports where road safety related items have been reported are appropriately actioned
- 95% Vehicle and trailer MOT initial pass rates
Wren employs more than 5,500 team members and owns its complete supply chain, delivering more than 70,000 kitchens a year from its factories across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.
Its maintenance and drivers’ hours are monitored by an approved electronic web-based system, with employees’ safety as their number one priority.
The company recently invested in a fleet of more than 100 new Mercedes-Benz Antos lorries, which feature 360-degree camera technology, proximity sensors and side guard extensions.