Van Drivers Safety Tips

Stay Safe on the Road Being stuck in a commercial vehicle all day long is all in a day’s work for most busy van drivers. For many, travelling the same routes on a daily basis can lead to a touch of complacency, so it’s always advisable to keep your eyes on the road and on your speed. Like any other job, driving a van can bring its own stress, but it’s important not to let this interfere with your drive. People who drive for a living account for around 200 road deaths or serious injuries everyday, according to the Think! Road Safety group. That’s why it’s...

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Government Urged to End VOSA Testing Monopoly

Government urged to end the VOSA’s monopoly on vehicle testing THE government’s Vehicle and Operator Services Agency is enjoying an unfair monopoly for carrying out annual statutory truck tests. That’s the view of the Road Haulage Association, who want the private sector to become more involve in carrying out tests on trucks. There are a number Authorised Testing Stations popping up all over the country and because they are all approved by the VOSA, the RHA is arguing that the there is no longer the need for the government’s executive agency to carry out annual tests. The RHA...

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Road Haulage Association – UK should follow French fuel tax cut

French fuel tax cut, UK to Follow? FRENCH hauliers have been given a helping hand by their governenment, prompting their British counterparts to call for a similar support from those in Westminster. The French government have recently slashed fuel tax by six cents a litre, that’s the equivalent of a 5p-a-litre. Hard up British hauliers are calling for a similar goodwill gestures from the treasury. The Road Haulage Association believe such a move would not only help the interest, but breath new life into a stalling UK economy. “Although we recognise that this is a temporary cut, it will...

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Surprise Pickup of Used Van Prices

Value of used vans shows encouraging increase CONSUMERS may not be snapping up too many new vans which are just rolling off the production line, but new figures the used van market is showing some signs of recovery. The average value of a used light commercial vehicle in the UK increased in the month of July, according British Car Auctions. There is still a bit of uncertainty on the part of buyers, but it seems that increasing values means sellers are confident they can make some money in the used van sector. The average value of a second-hand commercial vehicle rose by £59. This represents...

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Commercial Van Market Downturn

New van market continues to slide Despite a brief rally in May, the new van market continues to slump in the first half of 2012. Late spring saw an unusual upsurge in new registrations as May’s figures showed a 6.7% rise, the only time the 2012 market saw such an upward trend. June figures revealed a 2.5% slump, showing the May rise was merely a rare ray sunshine in an otherwise cloudy market. In all, there were 22, 287 units shifted in June, and this shows the new van market is down across a range of criteria. The rolling 12-month numbers have now plunged into negative territory, down...

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Guide to Commercial Vehicle Cover

Commercial Vehicle Insurance, A Quick Guide Vans are insured for exactly the same reason as cars, to provide cover in case they are involved in an accident or cause injury to third parties or property. But insurance for commercial vehicles differs significantly from cars because especially if your van is used for business purposes. For example, you could be a courier business delivering parcels around the city or builder transporting equipment and tools from job to job. Because there are so many possible uses of commercial vehicles, insurers tend to offer multiple levels of cover. Similar to...

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