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Sacrifices made by van drivers revealed in new VW research

Making time for family is the top priority for van drivers in 2021, after many have had to make difficult sacrifices in 2020 for work.

Van drivers have said they often miss weddings, birthdays or parents’ evenings because of unsociable hours

Research from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles underscores just how important a role the van sector has played in the coronavirus pandemic response – from carrying out food and other online shopping deliveries, to supporting breakdown services and providing vital support for the NHS.

A survey of van drivers previously carried out by VW revealed that van drivers were more likely to work late or over weekends than in other professions, with millions often missing weddings, birthdays or parents’ evenings because of unsociable hours.

After such a tough business year, drivers are putting loved ones first according to a new study by VW. A total of 38% respondents said their number one New Year’s resolution was to make more time for their family. Increasing their customer base, saving for a new house, and getting a new job also ranked highly for 2021 goals.

Claire English, head of fleet at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, commented: “We know that 2020 was a really tough year and it forced many businesses to make difficult decisions. After an unusual Christmas, it’s heart-warming to see that despite business concerns van drivers are prioritising their loved ones this year. We hope that as we enter a new year, there is light at the end of the tunnel and our customers can once again start to thrive.”

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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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