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Operational challenges for van fleets revealed in new research

A new white paper revealing the challenges facing van fleets and managers’ main concerns is now available from Europcar Vans & Trucks.

Europcar has observed enhanced demand during UK lockdown for its vans and trucks business in particular
The majority of businesses (58.4%) use their vans every day of the week. And nearly a quarter (23%) use vans between four and six days per week

The free publication, available online, surveyed 300 business decision-makers running vans within the UK and the results underscore that vans are driving the economy. The majority of businesses (58.4%) use their vans every day of the week. And nearly a quarter (23%) use vans between four and six days per week.

The survey also looked at typical fleet make-up and found that the UK van fleet averages around 11 to 30 vehicles. But there’s a sizeable 20% of businesses that use between 31 and 50 vans every year. In addition, another 20% say they only use between six and 10 vans over the course of a year.

The Europcar research also identified some of the biggest headaches for commercial fleet managers. After road congestion (57%), next on the list of concerns was vehicle condition, with 42% citing it as their second biggest worry. As fleet managers juggle multiple vehicles, driven by many different drivers, the availability of vehicles was an issue for 40% of the decision-makers questioned, with nearly three-quarters (71%) admitting to having ‘spare’ vans in order to mitigate the risk of being left without a vehicle. And the bigger the firm, the more likely they were to have ‘just-in-case’ vehicles: 92% of companies with 500+ employees.

Vehicle acquisition was also explored and the Europcar research found nearly two-thirds (58.7%) use outright purchase and just over half opt for long-term lease.

But long-term rental is also favoured by over a quarter of businesses (25.9%) while short-term rental is also in the mix for nearly one in five firms.

To access the Europcar research, click here.

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.

Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news - or gossip.

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