What is considered fair wear and tear when a van is returned to a leasing company at the end of its contract has long been a bone of contention.
Now a revised version of the ‘Fair Wear and Tear Standard’ for commercial vehicles and minibuses has been launched by the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA).
Updates include additional references to electric or hybrid vehicles and their charging ports, extra details on clearing customer data and GDPR responsibilities plus more detailed references to load restraints and Ad Blue and Direct Vision-related equipment.
The guide is used across the industry for setting the standard for vehicle condition, giving a reference point for end-of-contract inspections.
Toby Poston, BVRLA director of corporate affairs, said:
The BVRLA Fair Wear and Tear Standard and Guides play an essential role in supporting leasing companies and their customers through the vital end-of-contract process. They ensure that everybody has a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities.
The standard is updated every three years and reflects the latest technologies and driver habits. It evolves a thorough review process involving members, other freight and logistics trade bodies and vehicle auction and collections experts.