Today, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) launched the first stage in increasing public awareness on the issues that affect van CO2 emissions. Produced jointly with the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) and the Department for Transport, the new guide – Right Van Man – aims to give individual van buyers and drivers top tips on van choice and use to help cut running costs and CO2 emissions from light commercial vehicles.
The double-sided colour leaflet, available to download from www.smmt.co.uk, aims to:
Encourage van buyers to choose the right vehicle for their usage
Inform van buyers of the link between CO2 emissions and running costs
Help van buyers reduce the environmental impact of their vehicle choice
Advice given includes:
Choose the van size that best suits the job
Consider what engine you need for the motoring you will be doing
Check tyre pressures regularly
Change your vehicle’s oils according to servicing schedules
Replace blocked air filters
Keep your speed to a minimum to save fuel
Improve your driving technique
Use technology such as Satnav to minimise travel
The van buying guide has been developed as part of a wider DfT project looking at van fuel use and CO2 emissions. It is designed to inform individual and small fleet buyers on issues that affect their van’s environmental impact. The main objective is to ensure that buyers consider their usage requirements and choose the lowest CO2 emitting van that meets their needs. It is also keen to emphasise the clear link between CO2 emissions and fuel consumption – a large part of a vehicle’s running costs.
“Vehicle manufacturers are committed to cutting CO2 emissions and vans are a growing part of modern road transport. SMMT is pleased to have developed a practical way of presenting the key information to help buyers and drivers to make better informed decisions about the vans they run,” said
Speaking ahead of the launch, transport minister Andrew Adonis said, “Vans already make up around 15% of road transport CO2 emissions in the
In its presentation, VCA explained more about the forthcoming online database1 for light commercial vehicles. “The database will provide comparative information for vans of similar utility, allowing consumers to make more informed buying decisions,” said Paul Cooke.
On display were some of the most modern vans on the market, including:
· CitroÃƒ«n Nemo SensoDrive
· Iveco Daily Agile
· Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Eco-Start
· Modec Zero Emission van
· Vauxhall Combo Easytronic
· Volkswagen Caddy EcoFuel
Representatives from each of the manufacturers were on hand to explain the environmental credentials of their vehicles.