Thursday 24 September 2020

CV traffic ‘halved due to Covid-19’

Data from fleet management solutions provider Verizon Connect has suggested that hours spent on the road by UK commercial drivers dropped by more than half (55 per cent) between mid-February and April, due to lockdown measures implemented in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Anonymous data from the Verizon Connect Reveal platform shows how initial lockdown measures impacted commercial vehicle usage both in the UK and across several European countries. Commercial drivers in France were hardest hit, the data suggests, with recorded hours spent on the road dropping by 58 per cent in the same time period, followed by the UK (55 per cent) and Spain (54 per cent).

The smallest reduction recorded was in Germany, which saw an 11 per cent reduction in hours driven by commercial vehicles, a comparatively smaller impact to the average of 50 per cent across seven European countries.

Additional data from the Verizon Connect Reveal platform also shows how commercial vehicle usage is starting to bounce back as national lockdown measures are gradually lifted across Europe.

Despite having the steepest decline in hours driven between mid-February and April, commercial vehicle usage in France has been the fastest to rebound. Data from 7 April to 5 May shows an increase of almost 200 per cent in response to the easing of lockdown measures in the country.

The rate of recovery has been comparatively slower in the UK and Ireland, which saw hours increase 22 per cent and 24 per cent respectively in the same period.

Change (%) in hours driven
18 February – 7 April 2020

Change (%) in hours driven
18 February – 5 May 2020

Representative growth
7 April – 5 May 2020

France

-58%

57%

198%

Italy

-39%

-15%

62%

Spain

-54%

-36%

33%

Portugal

-39%

-24%

38%

Germany

-11%

1%

109%

UK

-55%

-43%

22%

Ireland

-41%

-31%

24%

 Source: Verizon Connect

Derek Bryan, VP EMEA at Verizon Connect, commented: “Fleet-based businesses play a crucial role supporting almost every industry, the dramatic drop in hours driven just demonstrates the widespread impact that Covid-19 has had on economies across Europe. But the positive is that the data shows green shoots for fleet industries, and economies starting to recover.”

“As businesses begin to scale up operations again, health and safety of all staff is paramount. Fleet managers not only need technology to support them to keep track of employees’ safety, but also to provide the right intelligence at the right time, so they can make informed decisions which will pay dividends in the future.

“Fleet management technology that harnesses machine learning and big data both helps in efforts to track and trace drivers and vehicles, can be used to track whether safety protocols are followed and provides insights that will help managers to successfully scale up their operations.”

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