Danger ahead: the real cost of poor road conditions
With faster-paced delivery schedules and increasing demands on their time, owners and operators need to work efficiently to make the most of their time on the roads. But 45% of drivers claim that traffic has lost them over 4 hours the last month alone –and 31% believe that congestion is the biggest barrier to growth. So perhaps it comes as no surprise that the state of our roads are impacting more than just the drivers’ wallets. Over a third (37%) of UK van drivers say that they regularly experience stress while at work. Anxiety (affecting 21% of drivers) and depression (15%) compound their problems, making difficult conditions almost unmanageable.
Will conditions improve? The government is considering the ‘Parking (Code of Practice) Bill’, which could introduce a raft of changes to how parking fines are distributed. It could also extend the grace periods for drop-offs, a change which would greatly ease the pressure van drivers face when making deliveries.