Congestion costs delivery drivers one hour a day

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Delivery drivers are losing more than one hour of their working day as a result of congestion, according to the latest Mercedes-Benz Vans Business Barometer.

The drivers said that on average 16 per cent of the day was wasted because of congestion – equal to one hour 17 minutes in a typical eight hour day.

Greater London tops the congestion league with respondents saying 18 per cent of their working day is lost to congestion.

The survey of 2,000 van owners and operators also found that congestion is now the second biggest barrier to growth – second only to rising fuel costs. The top five transport related growth barriers are:

* Rising fuel costs 57 per cent

* Congestion 31 per cent

* Vehicle Expenditure 29 per cent

* Driver shortages 21 per cent

* Meeting increasing customer demand 16 per cent

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