Category: Crime

Trading standards on the case of van hire rental company

A Leading UK van rental company has come under the microscope of Trading Standards Officers, and according to a BBC Radio programme the company look sure to end up in court after dozens of customers complained about charges surrounding their rental agreement.
A1 National Car and Van Rental Ltd offers vans, cars and minibuses for hire all over the UK and aggressive advertising campaigns coupled with a competitive pricing system which offers customers a free pick up and drop off has seen the company become a […]

Thieves target vans in their search for power tools

Van drivers in Dorset are the latest group of commercial drivers to come under attack from a group of thieves.
Thieves across the UK seem to have targeted vans and their goods in 2012 and the latest set of drivers having to compromise their van insurance no claims bonus are those in and around Dorchester. The latest incident saw thieves break in and steal power tools from a Peugeot Boxer van on November 8th, but that is just the most recent in a long list of […]

Have you seen a white van Guv?

Northern Ireland’s Roads Minister, Danny Kennedy, has denied declaring war on the motorists of Northern Ireland despite yet another initiative from his office threatening to leave Ulster’s motorists more frustrated than ever.
The latest policy to emanate from the department involves vehicles parked on clearways and bus lanes. In future drivers leaving their vehicles in these areas will be fined £90, have their vehicles removed and clamped. It is where they are taken that will cause most concern for the drivers as the department confirms there […]

Traffic Wardens Walking the Streets of Aberystwyth Once Again

Van drivers who work in and around the Welsh town of Aberystwyth will be greeted by the return of traffic wardens in the town this coming Bank Holiday and many will be happy to welcome back officials once branded the curse of modern day motoring.
In July 2011 the town’s leaders announced that in a bid to save public funds they were making the traffic wardens working in the town centre redundant and that townspeople would in future be relied upon to park sensibly. The announcement […]

Van Drivers in Edinburgh amongst Those Caught Out by Cameras

Van drivers made up a substantial amount of the 100 plus road users caught out by a police operation in Edinburgh that targeted motorists and cyclists who ignore traffic signals.
The crackdown by Lothian Police lasted four days and was timed to give motorists and cyclists a warning before CCTV cameras were officially switched on all over the Scottish capital. Incredibly the offenders were caught out by cameras on just one street in the capital and cyclists proved to be just as guilty as motorists. The […]

Van Driver Fined for Eating At the Wheel

A van driver from South Yorkshire was hit with a £600 fine after being found guilty of failing to be in proper control of his vehicle after police officers saw him eating a cheesecake while driving his van.
John Barton pleaded not guilty to the offence when appearing at Rotherham Magistrates Court earlier this month but was fined £200 with £400 costs by the court. He will now have to wait for his van insurance renewal before he finds out whether the incident will affect his […]

Suffolk Police to Hold a Protect Your Van Day

Firms in Suffolk have welcomed a Police scheme to help combat the increased number of catalytic converter thefts in the county. A marking session will be held in Sudbury this weekend and the Police are expecting a huge number of commercial vans to attend the free service.
More than fifty converters have been stolen across the county since the start of the year and all but three were from vans, with more than half involving Mercedes Sprinter vans. These figures have prompted police to organise a […]

Van Drivers Taking Risks by Ignoring Temporary Traffic Lights

Van drivers with a disregard for public safety or their own commercial vehicle insurance have been heavily criticised by a public body. The Environment Agency claims that commercial van drivers are repeatedly ignoring temporary traffic lights near a Todmorden school. The temporary single lane system has been brought in to allow safe working for the contractors who are working hard to build the new flood defences along Rochdale Road.
The drivers are not just ignoring the traffic lights; some irresponsible drivers are also failing to stop […]

Narrow Escape for Van Driver Attacked from Motorway Bridge

A Leicestershire van driver had a lucky escape this week when a thug attacked his vehicle from a motorway bridge. The incident took place close to Junction 21 of the M1 motorway in Leicestershire and local police are still hunting for the culprit.
Stephen Smith was travelling along the motorway when his van was suddenly hit by a flying object, the rock narrowly missed his windscreen but still made him swerve violently to avoid other drivers on the busy motorway. He said: “I was cruising along […]

Thieves target transit vans throughout Surrey

Surrey Police have this week announced that they will be deploying extra patrol teams and neighbourhood officers throughout January in an attempt to curb the rise of the theft of sat navs and catalytic converters from transit vans. For the last few months the thefts have been occurring on Friday and Saturday nights.
During the last five months the police have recorded a 7% decrease in vehicle crime compared to 2010, but report sat nav thefts have gone up 2% while thefts of catalytic converters have […]