New Business Barometer research shows that poorly maintained roads and a nationwide parking crisis are having a serious impact on both the wellbeing and the wallets of van drivers across the nation.
From spaces that are too small for even a car (reported by 56%) to inflexible paring bays (27%), a lack of spots near drop-off points (46%) and an increasing amount of 'permit holder only' areas (30%), the stress of parking is an issue that van drivers face on a daily basis. These difficulties often result in drivers facing fines - but 53% of respondents state they wouldn't have been able to do their jobs without taking the hit.
And the costs don't end there. 28% of van drivers have reported that the roads theu navigate every day are either in poor or very poor conditions. These circumstances don't only affect the ability to work efficiently - they also cost drivers an average of £125 on repairs per quarter. That's a total of over £1 Billion a year.
A crisis costing more than cash
With faster-paced delivery schedules and increasing demands on their time, owners and operators need to work efficiently to make the most of their time on the roads. But 45% of drivers claim that traffic has lost them over 4 hours the last month alone - and 31% believe that congestion is the biggest barrier to growth.
So perhaps it comes as no surprise that the state of our roads are impacting more than just the drivers' wallets. Over a third (37%) of UK van drivers say that they regularly experience stress while at work. Anxiety (affecting 21% of drivers) and depression (15%) compound their problems, making difficult conditions almost unmanageable.
Will conditions improve?
Mercedes-Benz Vans Business Barometer
The Mercedes-Benz Vans Business Barometer is a nationwide quarterly survey of businesses large and small, created to help us understand the economic landscape and discover what van owners and drivers need to keep their business moving. For more information visit: https://bit.ly/2zs5Oe3