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Mercedes-Benz Vans canvas commercial vehicle drivers for on-road opinions

27th June 2017

With a new Government in place, Mercedes-Benz Vans UK Ltd have rolled out a survey to thousands of van drivers, in the hope of having their views implemented into road improvement policy. 

Around 1 in 10 of all vehicles on our highways are commercial. With many of these drivers on the road for multiple hours a day, they’re a critical group with respected and informed opinions. With this in mind, Mercedes-Benz Vans canvassed 2,000 van drivers, owners and operators to gather their thoughts on the issues that mattered most to them.

It’s no real surprise that potholes came up as the top cause for concern; two thirds of drivers had to pay for pothole-induced repairs to vans in the past 12 months, with an average cost for the damage racking up to £411 in the past year.

The full list of road improvement priorities were as follows:

-              Pothole repair: 60%

-              Better parking provision in town: 43%

-              Investment in bypasses to ease bottlenecks: 34%

-              Widening motorways: 24%

-              Increased traffic police presence: 19%

-              Fewer speed cameras: 17%

-              More speed cameras: 16%

-              Better training for professional drivers: 14%

-              Abandoning Smart Motorway schemes: 6%

-              More toll roads: 4%

Hitting a pothole is, as most drivers know, unavoidable in some circumstances. When this occurs, drivers of Mercedes-Benz vans are invited to visit their local Dealer network workshop for a free Visual Health Check, by a Mercedes-Benz specialist. Able to sniff out any potential issues there and then, it’s a perfect opportunity to fix small problems, before they become bigger ones.

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