Yet another threat to local economies
The impact on Britain’s businesses
According to the Mercedes-Benz Vans ‘Business Barometer’, delivery drivers say that, on average, 16% of their working day is lost due to congestion. When considering an average eight hour working day, this equates to roughly 37 working days a year in lost time – a shocking statistic for businesses everywhere.
Indeed, from our research, which questioned 2,000 van drivers, owners and operators across the UK, 31% said they believe congestion will be a direct hindrance to their business growth, which rises to 38% among fleet owners. The other main transport related growth barriers that were highlighted in the barometer included rising fuel costs (57%), vehicle expenditure (29%), driver shortages (21%), increasing customer demand (16%) and servicing ‘down time’ (10%).
Further to this, more than half (55%) of owners and operators said they plan on increasing the number of vans they own or operate within the next 12 months, which will only add to the strain on the UK’s business network. With the delivery economy on the rise, business operators are citing growing customer bases (47%), continuing growth of online shopping (40%) and a shift away from heavy goods vehicles as the main reason they’ll be investing in bigger fleets.