LCV fleets underprepared for AdBlue

Many LCV fleets are underprepared for the use of AdBlue in new models that meet Euro 6 emissions legislation according to Arval.

Euro 6 for LCVs took effect at the start of September and although compliant vehicles have been making their way onto fleets for some time, the vehicle leasing and fleet management company suggested fleets remain ‘underprepared’.

Eddie Parker, commercial vehicle consultant at Arval UK commented, ‘The initial feedback we have been receiving from many fleets using these vehicles is that they are underprepared, especially when it comes to keeping drivers informed about AdBlue. Certainly, it is not uncommon for drivers to find out that they have an AdBlue equipped Euro 6 vehicle when the low tank warning message flashes on the dashboard for the first time. You can imagine their confusion.’

He added that AdBlue, in itself, was not difficult to deal with but that fleets needed to put some basic policies in place to cover its use.

‘There are questions to answer. Will you always make AdBlue a dealer responsibility? Will you note the time or distance between servicing intervals? Will you allow drivers to refill? If the latter, will you allow them to use only manufacturer-supplied AdBlue or will other brands be made available?

‘There are also some points to address around the use of AdBlue. For example, some manufacturers suggest that it is only handled when wearing gloves and goggles because it can cause skin irritation.’

Arval is offering to provide help and consultation to its customers in all areas.