And here's four reasons why:
Not pallets, bins, barrels and racks - the things in your average expedite load.
A van is a small bus and is not suited to safely haul heavy cargo.
From obnoxious smells to the danger of sharing space with cargo, it's not a safe place to be.
Drivers live on the road and the cab is their home. They deserve a clean, quiet comfortable space of their own.
Finally, a solution for cargo and Sprinter van drivers.
Vans may be suitable for people that drive short distances, load/unload by hand, require frequent access and whose drivers do not live or sleep in their vehicle for extended periods. That is NOT how expeditors operate. Vans are inefficient, produce low gross margins and unnecessarily expose carriers and drivers to serious insurance and legal liabilities.
A van is not a safe, comfortable environment for drivers that live/sleep in their vehicle for long periods. Cargo is dangerous and dirty – it should not be placed in the same compartment as a driver. A pickup truck with 4 wheel drive and a cargo box is safer, handles better and is more comfortable. With seating for 5 or 6, it can also be a family vehicle.