White van report

New paper underlines need to improve efficiency

Published:  25 November, 2011

ACCORDING to a white paper commissioned by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles UK, van fleet operators can do more to control and cut costs to ensure survival.

With more than three million vans on UK roads, representing nearly 10 per cent of all vehicles registered, they play a vital role in the economy, but the report highlights plenty of room for improved efficiency.

Evolution of Van: Efficiency and Fleet Operation

'This means better fuel use, better maintenance, better van choice and better utilisation, while a good, franchised van dealer is increasingly important,' he continued.

For many van fleets, fuel is the biggest single cost.  The report notes that a more effective use of telematics is one way to help well-run companies gain a lead over their less efficient competitors thanks to better data on fuel use and driver behaviour, plus the more obvious data on route planning, vehicle use, performance and maintenance.

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