Driving safety initiative launched
The Van Best Practice programme, will be funded by the Department for Transport, managed by climate change consultants AEA and supported by a variety of organisations, including the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
The initiative is designed to help drivers of vans and fleets operate more efficiently, cutting both fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions. According to estimates, an industry-wide five per cent improvement in fuel efficiency would save almost £250 million a year and cut carbon emissions by three quarters of a million tonnes.
Paul Clark said: “Vans are vital to the economy and therefore vital to our efforts to encourage low carbon transportation.”
SMMT Chief Executive Paul Everitt added: “SMMT is delighted to support this important initiative. The motor industry’s future depends on its ability to progress to low, lower and ultra-low carbon vehicles.”
Meanwhile, the white van is losing its stigma, according to a new survey carried out on behalf of Vauxhall Commercial Vehicles.
The majority of those surveyed (51 per cent) said they would be happy to drive a van and 57 per cent said they were confident about parking.