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Study shows UK van facts

A SNAPSHOT of the way van fleets operate in the UK has been revealed as part of an in-depth Government study.

Companies were asked to provide information about vehicles and their use, including time and day of journey, reason for the trip, what they were carrying, type of business and information about the destination.

Among key findings were the fact that 35% of the distance travelled by company vans is in connection with the collection and delivery of goods.

It also showed that one-third (32%) of travel is performed between home and work and a further one-fifth (19%) travelling between jobs.

The peak travel periods during the week are between 7am and 9am and between 4pm and 6pm, when about 30% of vans are in use.

The study also revealed that the construction industry accounts for about one-third (29%) of vehicle kilometres and the wholesale and retail trade for one-fifth (19%).

An important area for fleets focused on vehicle utilisation was the discovery that vans are empty for 13% of total distance travelled.

Furthermore, 15% of distance is travelled with vans over three-quarters full and 36% with vans less than one-quarter full. The study can be accessed at www.dft.gov.uk

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