why you're so vital...
Britain needs you. Never before has British consumer PLC been so reliant on the goods you deliver by commercial vehicles.
That's the conclusion from a recent SMMT survey, whose Chief Executive Mike Hawes said: “Britain’s CVs are the backbone of our economy, and manufacturers invest heavily in technology, with the latest CVs on our roads today the cleanest, safest and most advanced in history.”
In a YouGov survey commissioned by the trade body, almost nine in 10 people (88%) said they believed their life would be negatively impacted if their use of at least one CV-driven service such as rubbish collection, bus services and online deliveries was restricted.
Commercial vehicles transport some 1.9 billion tonnes of goods across the UK every year – including medicines, clothing and 326 million tonnes of food products.
The survey shows 46% of respondents directly benefitted from a commercial vehicle in the previous 24 hours.
Receiving post and online deliveries were the most popular daily uses, while 79% said they benefit from CVs at least once a week, with rubbish collection the most commonly recognised weekly use.
Regularly travelling by bus was another popular use of commercial vehicles, with 4,941 million local bus passenger journeys in a year.
Commercial vehicles play an essential part in our daily lives – and in driving our economy. From the 1.8 million sole traders who depend on their vans for their livelihoods, Britain’s CVs are responsible for keeping the country running.
Over 96% are powered by diesel and the latest low emission Euro VI models are delivering real world improvements in emissions in towns and cities across the UK.
Vans and trucks together move three times more goods than water and rail combined – contributing some £27.5 billion to the UK economy.
As well as delivering essential services, Britain’s commercial vehicle fleet is increasingly serving growing demand for online purchasing.
The UK is now the EU’s biggest online retail sector, with consumers here buying some £67.3 billion worth of goods and services online in 2017, and online sales are forecast to have made up 17.6% of all retail sales last year.