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‘Use vans better’ says report

A white paper has conlcuded that van fleet operators can do more to control and cut costs to ensure survival in the increasingly competitive economic climate

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 in the increasingly competitive economic climate.

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.

Alastair Hemmings, National Fleet Manager, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles UK, said: “Using vans better means better fuel use, better maintenance, better van choice and better utilisation, while a good, franchised van dealer is increasingly important.”

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 behavior, plus the more obvious data on route planning, vehicle use, performance and maintenance.

The white paper was written by  commercial vehicle consultant Robin Dickeson and is available to read  in full at http://www.volkswagen-vans.co.uk/fleet/white-paper.

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