Category: Drivers

Van Driver fined for not displaying a “No Smoking” Sign

Commercial vehicle drivers know that there are certain laws they need to adhere to, otherwise if they are pulled over they could end up receiving a fine from the police. Most commercial vehicle owners are careful to obey the laws as they already have to pay for expenses such as petrol, van insurance, MOTs and maintenance, so a fine can sometimes cause a problem, especially for a small company. This is why one commercial vehicle driver was shocked and angered at the fact […]

Consultation on Increasing Speed Limit for HGVs ends this week

Owners of large commercial vehicles such as HGVs often rely on their commercial vehicle insurance policies more than others as due to their size they are more likely to be involved in accidents. Furthermore, speed limits on HGVs can actually increase traffic on the roads which can frustrate other drivers and lead to them driving more dangerously.
To combat this problem, the government launched a scheme in November 2012 to raise the speed limit for large commercial vehicles, which will be ending on Friday 1st […]

Van Driver fined for overhanging over Yellow Lines by 2cm

Van drivers already have problems when it comes to finding adequate parking for their vehicles, especially due to their size and the fact that they need to be parked in a safe area in order to avoid being burgled and having to claim on van insurance. So the anger expressed by one van owner from Lincolnshire is understandable when he was issued a parking ticket because his van was hanging over double yellow lines by just 2cm.
Andrew Wilson, 50, is a window cleaner and […]

Van Driver saves Pensioner from Fire

There are many dangers that van drivers face during their working hours, many of which are covered by van insurance, however one driver who works for the supermarket chain Asda had an unusual shift last week when he rescued an elderly woman from a house fire in Knutsford, Cheshire.
Twenty five year old Chris Barnwell said: “As I pulled up in my van, I saw flames in the window and as I went round the front of the property, I saw black smoke. A neighbour […]

Lorry Drivers urged to pay more Attention to Roads instead of Sat-Navs

Most commercial vehicle drivers these days tend to use sat-navs instead of maps in order to find their destinations. However, many are using car sat-navs which do not provide the same amount of information as commercial sat-navs – such as what roads may be too small for lorries and large vehicles to drive through.
If lorry drivers do not pay attention to road signs and just blindly follow instructions from their sat-navs they could well find themselves in trouble, which will not only mean they […]

Professional Drivers take the most Risks on the Road

A survey conducted by the road safety pressure group Brake and the insurers Direct Line has shown that people that drive as part of their job take the most risks on the road. The survey has revealed that just over a third (31 per cent) of all people that drive as part of their profession write and send texts whilst driving, as well as groom themselves whilst behind the wheel, including putting on make-up and even shaving. Furthermore, more than three quarters of […]

Residents Angered at plans to turn Greenbelt Land into HGV Training Centre

Plans have been revealed to introduce an HGV training centre on what should be greenbelt land, which has upset and angered local residents. Sadlers Farm is based in Birse Civils, just off the London Road and on the cusp of North Benfleet in Essex, and its owner – Robert Lyons – has recently applied for planning permission to the Basildon Council for the new training centre.
Currently there are builders occupying the three hectare farm due to the roundabouts works that have been taking place […]

Van Driver Stranded in Hertfordshire

A van driver had to be rescued from a flooded ford after becoming stuck while attempting to drive through it. The driver, from Stevenage, attempted to drive through 2ft 6in (75cm) of flood water at Barwick Ford, near Ware, Herts, but was forced to leave his van. Adding to this, he’ll have to have a very good van insurance policy for the damage to be covered! A member of the public called Hertfordshire Police at 12:36 GMT after he became stranded in the “fast flowing” […]

Cold front develops in Blackburn as ice cream vendors go to war

A street battle between two owners of ice cream vans ended up in court this week, with a YouTube video ending up as the star witness.
When former Mr Yummy driver Zeheer Ramzan found Mr Whippy van vendor Mohammed Mulla in the same street and selling ice cream to what he considered his own customers Ramzan lost his “cool”. Although Ramzan had admitted to causing criminal damage and possession of a weapon in a public place he had denied assaulting Mulla. However, unknown to Ramzan […]

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 […]