The shortage of vehicles is expected to continue during 2022 with some of the biggest industries in the UK being hit the hardest, including distribution, e-commerce, and construction.
Several factors are creating this worldwide shortage:
- Slower production of new vehicles due to Covid restrictions, Brexit and short supply of parts and labour
- Companies extending the lease on their temporary vehicles to cover late delivery of new fleet to ensure they maintain the service levels their customers expect
- An increase in demand
So, what can be done in the interim to ensure these industries aren’t affected more than they need to be?
Helen Davey at City Transport Solutions says it’s imperative for organisations to plan and book their vehicle requirements as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
“We pride ourselves in offering a reactive service, for last-minute requests, of all commercial vehicles, but now we really have to go the extra mile to find them. In recent years we’ve seen specialist vehicles being booked in advance and for long durations at a time. Now we are urging our clients to plan ahead for their vans too as literally all categories of commercial vehicles are in short supply.”
2020 and 2021 certainly delivered challenging times for many industries, however it’s not all doom and gloom. In fact, increased demand in retail, distribution and construction is because of a boom in spending with each sector experiencing rapid growth.
Modern Retail reported that global ecommerce sales reached $5.4/£3.98 trillion in 2021 and is expected to rise to $5.9/£4.34 trillion in 2022.
Figures released by the Government show that 50,000 new homes were built during the first three months of 2021 – the highest figure in over 20 years. A further 46,010 homes started in that same period, which was the highest it’s been in 15 years.
Aside from the boom in properties being built, there has also been an increase in the number of people choosing to extend or renovate their property or build a home office in light of the Government’s rules to work from home during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The 2020 Renovation Nation Report shows that 65% of homeowners chose to renovate their homes during the pandemic, whether it was to make their home more comfortable or to increase its value.
“From an economic perspective these figures are fantastic and show the buoyancy of the economy in relation to the construction industry. However, from a vehicle supply perspective it really does put our clients under pressure.
“Then of course we have to take into consideration the ULEZ expansion and the introduction of CAZ, the vehicles we supply need to comply with these regulations,” added Helen.
The team at City Transport Solutions is always prepared to go above and beyond for their clients, working as efficiently as possible at sourcing vehicles and maintaining relationships with suppliers and customers alike.
Helen and the team appreciate that business managers may not want to commit to a hire vehicle during their quieter months but stress that vehicles available now are being snapped up by other companies that are planning ahead and committing to the vehicles they will need from April onwards.
“We are actively sourcing vehicles for our clients, they now need to commit to avoid disappointment, as once vehicles go out, we do not expect them back until the end of the year. It will soon be Easter and the summer is on the horizon, so if you are planning any promotional campaigns or seasonal discounts to encourage a boost in sales, let us know now so that we’ve got time to give you the temporary vehicle support you require,” added Helen.
To speak to the team and book in your temporary vehicle requirements, please call 01422 434650