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By the end of 2016, figures released by the Department of Transport revealed that van / LCV traffic had continued to rise, increasing by 3.4% to a new peak of 48.5 billion vehicle miles.


Despite LCV registrations dropping slightly (with the number of vans registered in March 2017 down by 0.9% compared to the previous year), there has been a significant rise in demand for LCVs between 2.5 and 3.5 tonnes (up by 3.3%) and pickups, which experienced a dramatic increase of 21.7% compared to last year.

Accidents and Emissions

Vans currently represent 75% of freight traffic with 7,000 vehicles per hour driving through London at peak times. The rise of online shopping and demand for a swift delivery service means there are more vans on UK roads than ever (topping 4 million at the end of last year), while figures released by the DoT revealed that accidents involving vans has risen by 31% since 2009. The fact that most of these vehicles are diesel and therefore emitting large amounts of unhealthy NOx into the atmosphere is being addressed by Sadiq Khan’s pledge to reduce pollution across the city.

His proposals were made in response to the recent toxic air alert that warned areas of London are currently exposed to dangerous levels of pollution, especially within the boroughs of the City, Westminster, Camden and Kensington. This plan to tackle harmful emissions will be implemented through the Toxicity (T) charge in October and the introduction of an Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) by 2020, in which petrol vehicles that do not meet the Euro 4 standard and diesel vehicles not compliant with the Euro 6 standard will have to pay a daily fee of £12.50, rising to £100 for busses, coaches and HGVs.

As usual the proposals have received a mixed response, with supporters praising his attempt to control pollution levels in the capital (with many hot spots unfortunately located near schools). Critics point out how these charges could unfairly impact small /medium businesses and emergency services, whilst the iconic black taxi cabs -among the worst offenders for diesel emissions- seem to be exempt from the legislation.

Whatever your opinion, it is clear that action needs to be taken to reduce the dangerous levels of toxic pollution that are engulfing major cities worldwide. Many governments are already making positive changes, with some of the most important developments coming from manufacturers who are investing heavily in the production of fully electric or hybrid (PHEV) LCVs. This includes Nissan, who have developed the e-NV200 (which is now Europe’s best selling electric van with 87% market share), VW, Citroen, Peugeot and LDV who were all showcasing their new fully electric models at this year’s CV Show at the Birmingham NEC.

As the LCV and van sector is evolving to meet the demands of a busy, fast-paced world, fleet owners and motorists are having to be aware of the financial implications of new technologies and compliance legislation. This comes at a time when 39% of UK van drivers cite stress of the job as having a negative impact on their personal lives and van insurance costs reportedly having risen over 14% in the last year.

To address some of the issues affecting LCV fleets, two UK organisations have created programmes to ensure van operators across the country are safer and compliant. The FORS Van Smart and FTA Van Excellence scheme both aim to reduce (WRRR) work related road risk and create long-term behavioural change in the LCV sector.

HGVs may be vital for the transportation of goods and materials, but it seems that vans and LCVs have become the most popular vehicle choice for SMEs across the country, and the trend is expected to continue. According to Stuart Thomas, head of fleet at the Automobile Association, “although HGVs play an important role in freight forwarding, it’s LCVs that are the heart of Britain’s businesses…due to the perfect compromise between flexibility and cost offered.”

- Source - Telegraph, 20/4/2017


Van and LCV Camera Safety Solutions

To promote a culture of safe urban driving for the burgeoning van industry, Exeros have created a unique LCV recording kit with both front and rear cameras (in-cab and auxiliary cameras can be added) that can be easily integrated into the vehicle. The system is linked to an MDVR and rear-view monitor that can be utilised as a rear-view parking aid in addition to recording and saving all journey footage in case of an incident, alongside accurate GPS tracking and telematics information.

This LCV package can be easily installed into any light commercial vehicle, regardless of size or weight and has the combined benefit of reducing insurance premiums, protecting vehicles / drivers whilst throwing out false claims and improving driver accountability.

 

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Most transport and commercial fleet managers who are responsible for vehicle safety, driver behaviour and operating costs can expect the systems to have paid for themselves at least 3 times in the first year, potentially saving hundreds of thousands of pounds.

For more information please email sales@exeros-technologies.com or contact us on 0208 303 0140.

 

   

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