The increasing numbers of vans will have time and safety implications for car fleets when it comes to refuelling, according to The Fuelcard People.
Many fleets are downsizing from trucks to vans, but this raises an overlooked challenge, says Steve Clarke, its group marketing manager.
“Moving the same load in smaller vehicles means more traffic,” he said.
“That is challenging, but is only the tip of the iceberg. There will be a real effect on car fleets from greater van traffic.”
Some experts expert the number of LCVs to almost double during the next five years. This has consequences for everyone, said Clarke.
“Vans refuel more often than trucks,” he said. “Carry the same goods, on the same journeys, but with more frequent refuelling and the result is higher forecourt demand. That means queues.
"The longer that it takes each driver to complete the process, the worse it becomes. Unless everyone gets in and out quickly, there will be queues before the pumps and bottlenecks rejoining the road.”
He added that long lines of vehicles trying to leave a filling station could have safety implications.
“A constant stream of vehicles trying to feed back onto the carriageway means that other drivers have to slow down or move over either means congestion and, possibly, sudden braking," said Clarke.