Category: van insurance news

Authorities say pothole situation to get worse

Authorities responsible for the upkeep of almost 200,000 miles of the UK’s roads are warning that potholes are set to become even more of a problem for motorists in the coming months.
According to the Local Government Association (LGA) the body that maintains the majority of Britain’s road network, a continuation of the disastrous weather that is affecting much of the country at the moment will see the disintegration of many road surfaces over the coming winter. The LGA say they have had £500,000 cut from […]

Increase in the number of vans being targeted by criminal gangs

“Crash for Cash” fraudsters have been gambling with the lives of drivers for the last few years and now they seem to be targeting van drivers who are out making deliveries throughout the UK.
Established to clamp down on “Crash for Cash” scams, the IFB (Insurance Fraud Bureau) links one in seven personal injury claims to organised fraud in its new report which also highlights the increase of van drivers being caught up in “Crash for Cash” accidents. This is not good news for fleet managers […]

New pilot scheme promises reduced travelling times for van drivers

The Department for Transport (DfT) have announced a pilot scheme for road improvements which should see four major road projects completed in double quick time.
The schemes will be welcomed by the majority of motorists but those who typically cover their vehicles with commercial vehicle insurance will be particularly pleased. The four highways involved are the A160/180 in Lincolnshire, the M3 in Surrey, The M1 between Sheffield and Nottingham, and the M6 in the West Midlands. All of the roads attract high volumes of business traffic […]

Transit vans sold to fund a lavish lifestyle

A disgraced Co-op boss who fleeced money from the firm by stealing and selling dozens of vans has been ordered to use his pension to pay back the money he owes.
Mr Ronnie Hutton was totally in charge of Co-op’s nationwide fleet of Transit vans. He organised their purchases, their van insurance and their sale. However, over a two year period, he sold seventy-seven of its Transit vans and then kept the £132,000 made from the sales. Mr Hutton was among the firm’s top figures in […]

Follow that van

Commercial vehicle insurance providers will be delighted with the plans South Yorkshire Police have in place to ensure the security of vans carrying cash over the Christmas period.
In a bid to deter would be robbers from attacking cash carrying vans in the days leading up to Christmas South Yorkshire Police (SYP) have put in place a system that will see security van drivers tailed by police cars whenever they are spotted. They will provide an escort and in some cases the vans will be […]

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 […]

Police concerned over increase in delivery vans being stolen

Police officers are investigating the theft of four delivery vans from the Rugby area and they are appealing for information from the general public to help them identify the offenders.
The latest incident occurred when a white Transit van was stolen along with keys after the driver was pulled out of the van at traffic lights. Officers were close to the scene and managed to spot and follow the stolen van as it sped off. Several attempts were made to get the stolen van to stop […]

Police warn metal thieves they are on their case

A police crackdown on van drivers involved in the scrap metal trade has revealed a worrying insight into the unsafe condition of vehicles used in the trade.
The police initiative is taking place in the Neath and Dulais valleys region of Wales in a bid to stop rogue traders from other areas coming into the region with their dubious business practices. The crackdown is being led by PC Martin Jenkins who is warning van drivers in the area to ensure their certification such as driving licence, […]

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 […]

Nearly new vans star at the auctions in September

A report from one the UK’s largest vehicle auction houses shows nearly new van prices bucked the recent trend and shot up in value.
The British Car Auction (BCA) Pulse report shows that nearly new vans went for an average £12,006 in September, an increase of 9.3% on August prices and considerably more than auctioneers have managed to get throughout the summer months. Indeed the shock increase in prices has persuaded some van rental companies to part company with some of their stock while the prices […]