Many van drivers, owners and operators are fearful that worsening van driver shortages could prevent their businesses operating successfully over the next year, according to Van Excellence’s newly launched 2018-19 report, which identifies the opportunities and challenges facing the vans market.
Van Excellence is an industry-led scheme administered by the Freight Transport Association (FTA), the only business group representing all of logistics, and the annual report was supported by Mercedes-Benz Vans UK Ltd, Bott, Brigade, Hertz, Lex Autolease and Quartix.
Mark Cartwright , FTA’s Head of Vans and Light Commerical Vehicles: “In a testament to the value it provides to the UK economy, the vans market has grown consistently since the 2008 recession, thanks in part to its versatility and flexibility. While there are many opportunities for further growth – such as booming online delivery services – there are also challenges ahead which all members of the vans sector should be aware of and prepare for, most notably, the increasing shortage of van drivers.
“One in five van drivers, operators or owners believes a van driver shortage could prevent their businesses operating successfully over the next year*1. These fears are exacerbated by the large proportion of EU nationals currently working across the vans sector in the UK, as early indicators suggest fewer are choosing to move here in light of the UK’s decision to leave the EU and the ongoing uncertainty about their future employment prospects.”
The proportion of van drivers which are EU nationals fell to 7.3 per cent in 2017, compared with 12.9 per cent in 2015*2.
Cartwright continues: “Many van drivers are struggling with their mental and physical health but are unsure of where or how to obtain help. In fact, as detailed in the report, more than half of van drivers and owners believe there is a stigma attached to discussing mental health at work*3. Van Excellence is committed to addressing this issue and recently launched a campaign with the charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) to raise awareness of the resources available to those struggling with poor mental health.”
The full report can be downloaded https://www.vanexcellence.co.uk/media/van-excellence-report
Van Excellence encourages all vehicle hire and leasing companies to sign up to its scheme with CALM, for more information please email [email protected] or call 03717 11 22 22.
Administered by FTA, the leading organisation in UK logistics, Van Excellence was created in 2010 to promote the safe operation of vans, represent the interests of the sector, and celebrate operators demonstrating excellent standards. Central to the scheme is the Van Excellence Code, a set of minimum best practice standards all van operators should aspire to achieve, covering safety, efficiency and sustainability.
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*1 according to Mind the Skills Gap, Business Barometer, Mercedes-Benz, Q1 March 2018
*2 according to FTA’s Skills Shortage Report, May 2018
*3 according to Driving Mental Health, Business Barometer, Mercedes-Benz Vans, May 2018