Van operators given money-saving advice

A new scheme designed to help commercial vehicle fleet operators cut costs and improve safety has been unveiled.

The Van Best Practice programme, which is backed by a wide range of industry bodies such as the Road Haulage Association and Freight Transport Association, has a primary objective of helping operators to cut both emissions and fuel costs.

Two guides – the Efficient Vans Guide and Fuel Management Pack – have been published, providing information to businesses on reducing running costs and managing fuel use.

Larry Martindale, Van Best Practice’s programme manager, said the guidance ranged from major changes of policy to simple tips such as ensuring tyres are correctly inflated.

He added: “We aim to raise awareness of the range of best practice guidance available to the van sector, helping businesses to improve their safety and operational efficiency while informing them of the financial and environmental benefits.”

The introduction of the programme was welcomed by Caroline Scurr, Driving for Better Business’s campaign director, who predicted it would become an “essential resource” for commercial vehicle operators keen to improve safety and efficiency.

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