Specifying the right vehicle at the outset to make sure it’s fit for its intended purpose is one of the keys to long term operational efficiency and reduced operating costs over the life of the vehicle. The appropriate specification may generate higher up-front costs, but these will often be offset by more efficient operation across the vehicle’s service life, in some cases saving the operator money across the life of the vehicle.
On the other hand, a cheaper but poorly specified vehicle, unfit for its intended purpose, could cost more over its service life than one which is initially more expensive but is more appropriate for its intended use. This means that careful consideration needs to be given to each type of vehicle as one size will certainly not ‘fit all.’ While general specifications may need to be made, knowing key elements such as the efficiency of cargo utilisation will ensure you can choose an appropriate vehicle.
The UK Government updated the Government Buying Standards for Transport in December 2017. Whilst primarily aimed at public sector organisations procuring goods or services, any organisation concerned about sustainable procurement may choose to follow the standards or to specify them in tenders.