It is a sad fact that a substantial number of cyclists both in the UK and Europe have been involved in accidents with lorries, with one of the main reasons behind this being that lorries have large blind spots which cyclists are often caught in. This is why Mayor of London Boris Johnson has recently put forward proposals to the EU to change the design of lorries throughout Europe so that they have better [...]
If there is one thing that all logistics companies and commercial vehicle drivers hate it’s traffic on the roads. Not only does traffic mean that companies have to spend more time on each delivery but it also leads to commercial vehicles emitting more carbon which damages the environment and wastes hundreds of pounds in fuel. This is why many will be pleased to hear that earlier this week the Prime Minister David Cameron [...]
Commercial vehicles are not often associated with luxury as more often than not tradesmen buy commercial vehicles based on their value for money and ability to aid them during their day to day tasks. However, even though most people don’t automatically think of vans as luxury vehicles that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep yours well maintained. In fact, a recent report has shown that having a badly maintained van could give the wrong [...]
Commercial vehicle manufacturers around the world have spent a considerable amount of time and money over the past few years creating alternatives to traditional fuel powered vehicles. One of the most popular forms of environmentally friendly commercial vehicles is electric vans and trucks, such as ePower Truck’s Flex L3 which was first sold earlier this month to Newcastle University. The truck is being used as a catering vehicle which delivers food and drink [...]
Enterprise Rent-A-Car is known as one of the largest vehicle rental companies in the world with thousands of locations based in numerous countries. Since Enterprise was first introduced in the UK their popularity has gone from strength to strength, making it a multi-billion dollar company. Now, the car rental giant has acquired commercial vehicle rental specialist Burnt Tree in their mission to dominate the sector.
Over the past few years numerous companies have announced that they are working on technology in order to create autonomous (aka driverless) vehicles. However, most of these companies have been mainly focussed on creating driverless car technology instead of looking at ways to make commercial vehicles driverless.
Now, commercial vehicle manufacturer Daimler has announced that they are attempting to create driverless technology not just for light commercial vehicles but also heavy duty trucks. Driverless technology for these types of vehicles has only been somewhat [...]
One of the reasons insurance for commercial vehicles is so expensive is because there are those that abuse the system, ultimately pushing up premiums. For example, some people falsely claim that they are suffering from whiplash in order to receive compensation, which had led to insurance providers increasing their premiums in order to cover their losses. There are also individuals who purposely get into accidents with other drivers in order to claim monetary compensation, otherwise known as ‘cash for crash’ schemes.
This year’s Commercial Vehicle Show was held between the 29th April and the 1st of May, however even though it’s been a few weeks since it ended we are still seeing new stories discussing companies that have benefitted from it. The Commercial Vehicle Show (also known as the ‘CV Show’) is one of the biggest events in anyone who works in the commercial vehicle industry’s calendar, as each year hundreds of exhibitors – including some of the biggest names in the industry – display [...]
At the beginning of this month new legislation came into place which means that from now on all foreign Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) must pay to use the UK’s roads. The government has implemented what is called the ‘HGV Road User Levy’ in order to maintain the UK’s roads which are regularly subjected to wear and tear by foreign HGVs. Many other countries already charge foreign HGVs for driving on their roads, which means the new levy is levelling the playing field for [...]
Here at VanQuoteDirect we regularly update our readers with all the hottest news and rumours from the commercial vehicle sector, and it seems as though the last couple of weeks have been very busy for some! Naturally, there has been some good news as well as some bad, as while a number of newer van models have been recalled, older vehicles are apparently retaining their value. Here we look at the stories in more detail: