van best practice

The Van Best Practice Programme helps van users to save money by improving the operational, environmental and safety performance of their vans

By making small changes to everyday practice, you can drive down costs and improve business performance.

Van Best Practice offers free advice to businesses of all sizes on how they can change the way they run their vans to reduce fuel costs, running costs and CO2 emissions.

Vehicle Checks

A daily vehicle check is recommended. This should not take any longer than 5-10 minutes. You may want to conduct a more thorough check every month.

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Safe Loading

Ensure you know the gross vehicle weight of your van Be aware of the weight of the payload. If it is close to the maximum load allowed, be wary of carrying extra equipment/accessories

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Van Specification

Identify van needs Where will deliveries/collections take place – urban/rural? How frequently? Identify the business needs Cost competitiveness, Consistency, Reliability

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Greening the Fleet

Prioritise the issue of your fleet’s impact on the environment Enlist management (where applicable) to support the implementation of new green measures.

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Safe Driving Tips

Being proactive will dramatically improve your safety. This includes having an awareness of the conditions and anticipating events before they happen

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Driver Management

Recruitment – be clear about the type of drivers you are looking for. Test drivers’ knowledge in interviews

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Improving Efficiency

Efficiency falls under three main sections/areas: Management of data – fuel and incidents/accidents, Vehicle procurement and management and Operational management.

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Fuel Management

Track the use of fuel by recording fuel receipts.

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Improving Safety

Understand your starting point (baseline). Collect information on every incident to understand where the areas of high incidents occur.

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