Small vans suffer from the parcel boom

Berlin (dpa) – The TÜV finds more defects in commercial vehicles. The positive trend of the past few years with less and less damage did not continue in the years 2019 and 2020 according to the new commercial vehicle report published by the TÜV in the years 2019 and 2020.

The security experts see, among other things, a connection with the parcel boom, which was intensified by the corona pandemic.

TÜV inspectors therefore provided 2019 and 2020 found significant or dangerous defects in almost a fifth (19, 6 percent) of all commercial vehicles. In the years before that, the rate had steadily declined. “We have seen a trend reversal,” said Richard Goebelt, Head of Vehicle and Mobility at TÜV Association, the German Press Agency. «In 18 of the 20 age and weight classes shown by us, more vehicles passed the general inspection than two years ago. We are unfortunately moving in the wrong direction. ”

Over 3.4 million commercial vehicles are registered in Germany. The majority of them – almost 2.9 million – are delivery vans and small vans up to 3.5 tons total weight. The defect rate for these vehicles was particularly high at 20, 3 percent.

The connection with the Corona crisis: “Small vans are particularly used”, said Goebelt. “The corona pandemic has created a significant boom in online trading. Courier services that frequently use these vehicles regularly go to their limit, but maintenance, care and maximum payload are often treated casually. ” said Goebelt about it. “We also have wear on the steering systems and the axle suspensions, and the naturally tough operation of these vehicles is also noticeable on the brake drums.” 1, 95 million general inspections. There were more deficiencies not only in small vans, but also in several other classes of commercial vehicles. Heavy trucks performed worst among the larger vehicles 18 tons with 19, 9 percent defect rate.

Vehicles with “dangerous defects” were included in the statistics for the first time. According to the commercial vehicle report, it was 10 000 vehicles that were immediately damaged due to worn brake discs, badly worn tires or other serious defects had to be brought to the workshop. Around 1300 other commercial vehicles were classified as “unsafe for traffic” and therefore immediately withdrawn from traffic. “For us it is very important that the checking of the driver assistance systems is included in the main inspection,” said Goebelt. “In principle, the current software version should be checked. Hardware calibration is an important point, system status, glazing, sensors, the driving mode memory. Assistance systems only help to make mobility safer if they really work. ”

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