BVRLA launches updated Fair Wear & Tear Guide for LCVs

The BVRLA Fair Wear & Tear Guide for Vans, which incorporates the BVRLA Fair Wear & Standard describing the acceptable condition of a vehicle at end of lease, has been updated and is now available to order.

Following feedback gathered from members, customers and auction houses, this new standard is more closely aligned with the BVRLA Fair Wear & Tear Guide for Commercial Vehicles, and recognises the heavy use vans most vans are now experiencing. It has also been updated to reflect the growing prevalence of electric vehicles on members’ fleets. Specifically, the key changes are:

  • Removal of reference to minibuses as these are now covered within the Commercial Vehicle guide  
  • Removal of limits of number of dents and scratches within tolerance sizes  
  • Increase to tolerance for scratches, from 25mm to 50mm  
  • Windscreen and glass updated to match MOT standard, as in the BVRLA Fair Wear & Tear Guide for Cars.

Commenting on the updated guide, Amanda Brandon, BVRLA Director of Fleet Services, said:

“Vans have been the unsung heroes of the Covid pandemic and are now driving the recovery. They are in huge demand and short supply, so it is more important than ever that they are looked after. "

“Our clear and comprehensive LCV Fair Wear and Tear Guide ensures that these vital vehicles are properly managed through the lease and flexi-rental rental lifecycle and remarketed smoothly and swiftly onto their next user.”

In line with the revised format also used for the Car and Commercial Vehicle versions, the new LCV guide now comes in two parts:

  1. Information for drivers about how they can avoid end of lease charges, where they get advice on routine maintenance and servicing, tips on appraising the vehicle at end of lease, what they can expect on the day the vehicle is returned and how to complain if things go wrong.   
  2. The BVRLA Fair Wear & Tear Standard, focusing on the condition of the vehicle upon return.

All of the BVRLA Fair Wear & Tear Guides are available to purchase in hard copy format by visiting the association’s website.  

BVRLA members can also obtain a licence for an own-branded, digital version of the guide, which can be sent to customers electronically. For more details and costs, please contact fleet@bvrla.co.uk.  

Non-members that would like access to the standard in electronic form can contact fleet@bvrla.co.uk for an annual subscription cost.