Van Drivers' Manifesto 2017

by giuseppe milazzo Van

Van Drivers' Manifesto 2017

Potholes, Congestion, and a Manifesto from behind the driver’s wheel – Mercedes-Benz Vans exclusive research

Exclusive research commissioned by Mercedes-Benz Vans UK Ltd has established a clear motoring manifesto, highlighting the wishes of the nation’s van drivers to the new Government.

Pothole Priority:

The nation’s van drivers have had their say on the sorry state of Britain’s highways & byways – and pothole repair tops the list of urgent transport priorities for the new Government. According to the research, commissioned by Mercedes-Benz Vans UK and surveying 2,000 van drivers, two thirds of van drivers owners and operators say they have had to pay for van repairs in the last 12 months as a result of pothole damage. Along with congestion hotspots and urban parking demand, urgent action is required.

The research, conducted amongst 2,000 van drivers, owners and operators, highlighted that two thirds have had to pay for van repairs in the last 12 months as a result of pothole damage – the average cost of this damage is £411 over the past year. Nearly one in 10 (8%) have had to spend £1,000 or more repairing vans as a result of pothole damage in the past year alone.

It’s not surprising then that pothole repair tops the list of priorities the nation’s van drivers want addressing urgently. Six out of 10 say this should be the priority for the UK’s road network, ahead of better parking provision in towns (43%) and investment in bypasses to remove bottle-necks (34%).

The full list of road policy priorities – what the van driving/owning community want to see - are;

  1. Pothole repair: 60%
  2. Better parking provision in town: 43%
  3. Investment in bypasses to ease bottlenecks: 34%
  4. Widening motorways: 24%
  5. Increased traffic police presence: 19%
  6. Fewer speed cameras: 17%
  7. More speed cameras: 16%
  8. Better training for professional drivers: 14%
  9. Abandoning Smart Motorway schemes: 6%
  10. More toll roads: 4%

The nation’s van drivers have had their say on the sorry state of Britain’s highways & byways – and pothole repair tops the list of urgent transport priorities for the new Government. According to the research, commissioned by Mercedes-Benz Vans UK and surveying 2,000 van drivers, two thirds of van drivers owners and operators say they have had to pay for van repairs in the last 12 months as a result of pothole damage. Along with congestion hotspots and urban parking demand, urgent action is required.

Read our manifesto for full details of what our nation’s van drivers had to say.

Steve Bridge, Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Vans UK Ltd, commented: “With almost 4.2 million van drivers on our roads – around one in 10 of all vehicles on our highways – the voice of this important group of motorists needs to be heard. Our research clearly highlights that potholes and congestion actually cost these hard-working business men and women serious amounts of money, both in repair bills and time lost, which isn’t acceptable.

“We are urging van drivers therefore, to report any potholes they come across to the local council – while it may seem time-consuming, there are a number of ways to do this online and via apps to help alert to and ultimately fix the issue. “If hitting a pothole is unavoidable, drivers of Mercedes-Benz vans can have their vehicles checked over by booking into one of our nationwide Dealer network workshops and having a free, no-obligation Visual Health Check by one of our Mercedes-Benz trained technicians, who will carry out a thorough visual inspection. This means that issues can be spotted before they become an issue, to reduce unexpected downtime and repair bills.”

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