Fleet software company FleetCheck is warning that extended replacement cycles could lead to an increase in major component failures for van customers. The firm says that new vehicle shortages are forcing some companies to hold on to ageing vans into fifth and even sixth years of operation, risking expensive mechanical breakdowns.
“Quite a lot of fleets delayed van renewals around the start of the pandemic and are finding that new models can’t be sourced in suitable timescales now,” said Peter Golding, FleetCheck managing director.
“It’s not uncommon for vans to break the 100,000-mile mark during their operational life, but we are seeing numbers running well beyond that point and it is a development resulting in mechanical failures that fleets don’t often experience.
“There are a number of practices that fleets can employ, but the simplest and most effective is to ensure that vehicles that are most likely to suffer failures, something that the technology can help to identify, are used in the lowest stress applications.”