A new guide charting the main challenges faced by commercial vehicle fleets and the ways in which they are being overcome is now available from the BVRLA.
Underpinned by insights from across the industry, the 2020 Industry Outlook for Commercial Vehicles looks at challenges from the Road to Zero and Clean Air Zones to last-mile operations and ‘big data’.
Findings in the 22-page report include that evidence suggests that operator demand for rented or leased commercial vehicles is increasing, not least due to the inconsistency and uncertainty created by the devolution of air quality strategies to local government.
It also find that the reality is some way behind the excitement when it comes to technology driven innovations for ‘last mile’ logistics, while big data is becoming increasingly important for operators.
BVRLA chief executive Gerry Keaney said: “Commercial vehicles are the lifeblood of the UK economy and which means operators are looking for flexible and adaptable support with their fleets. Many truck and van operators are delaying re-fleeting decisions, largely due to a lack of confidence in their ability to forecast as a result of continuing uncertainties.
“Cost remains a major concern for operators, as knowing what a vehicle will cost post-Brexit is still an unknown. When you combine this with the confusing array of local air quality initiatives, the landscape becomes even more uncertain.
“Renting and leasing is becoming an increasingly attractive option for commercial vehicle operators and with 88% of members’ rental van fleet and 67% of leased vans currently Clean Air Zone compliant, compared to 21% of the total UK van fleet, BVRLA members stand ready to meet the needs of businesses across the UK who are looking for cleaner, cost-effective vehicles.”