Category Archives: Events

Commercial Vehicle Show show off to a good start

The Commercial Vehicle show at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) got off to a cracking start yesterday, with thousands of visitors cramming into halls 4 and 5 of the building. There was plenty to see for all visitors with action aplenty in both halls.
Ford unveil super van
No white van driver can fail to have been impressed by one offering from Ford, although they would have found it mightily difficult to get a commercial vehicle […]

Commercial Vehicle Show returns after three year absence

Hundreds of hauliers and couriers who can find a day to spare in their busy schedules will be making tracks for the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham this week to look in on the only motor show in the UK that specialises in road transport vehicles. Thousands of visitors with an interest in commercial vehicle insurance will visit the show over the three days of the 12-14th of April.
The excitement running […]

Speed camera debate gets more confusing

The situation regarding traffic speed cameras appears to be getting more confusing by the day. Van drivers who reckoned their commercial vehicle insurance quote would no longer be put in jeopardy by road safety cameras may well have to think again.
Who benefits?
Over the last 12 months many Local Authorities have decided that Government cuts have put the running and maintenance of fixed speed cameras in particular, beyond their budgets. The main bone of contention all […]

Nemo van wins the Future Car Challenge

If any more evidence was needed that alternative power sources for motor vehicles is the way forward for the motor industry, surely the Brighton to London Future Car challenge last weekend provided it.
With over 60 entrants for the race that included electric vehicles, hydrogen cell powered vehicles and hybrids the challenge was to cover the 60 miles to the Capital using the least amount of fuel/energy possible.
Because of the number of entrants and the complicated formula needed to work out the winner, although the race […]

Van drivers chewing over a problem in Dorset – Vehicle Checks

As most van drivers know and are constantly being told anyway, keeping one’s vehicle in tip top condition is not only a safety procedure, but also gives a positive return in economic performance.
We are told by many motoring organisations about the checks van drivers and motorists in general should make before they leave home. Take a look at your tyres, your wing mirrors, and your windscreen to ensure everything is as it should be. Apart from anything else the checks should lessen the chance of […]

The Popemobile ready to roll

A couple of UK van drivers will be blessed with a very precious and rather unusual cargo in the coming weeks.
The visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the United Kingdom over the next few days has caused great excitement amongst the Roman Catholic population of Great Britain, and to ensure everyone gets the best possible view of the religious leader, two bullet proof vans have been shipped over from the Vatican.
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VW Camper van festival big success

Lovers of VW camper van and for that matter most other things VW, had their annual get together this weekend in Norfolk.
Fritton Park, East Anglia was the venue for the VW Whitenoise Weekend three day festival, which attracts fans of the VW camper van from all over the world. This weekend drew more than 3000 van owners and their families and was rather special as it celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Volkswagen van.
Van owners relish the chance to get together and exchange stories and […]

Festival puts home deliveries on hold

It appears that being a van driver for Sainsbury’s in Edinburgh could well be a very relaxing job next month. It will also be very unlikely that claims on commercial vehicle insurance will hit new heights, Why? Because vans that usually deliver to certain areas in the city will have nowhere to go.
Sainsbury’s have announced their grocery home delivery vans will not be operating in the Murrayfield, Giorgie and Broomhouse areas of Edinburgh between August 13th and September 5th because they are concerned the vans […]

A trip down memory lane – Ice Cream Van

Van Drivers young and old will have an affinity with one type of van and the history that goes with it. Surprisingly enough there is no particular manufacturer associated with the vehicle. It was a van that was nearly always heard before it was seen and one that in my case anyway often had me turning to my grandparents rather than mum and dad.
These tunes should ring a bell so to speak, with more than one generation; Popeye the Sailor man, Greensleeves, Do ye ken […]

Commercial Vehicle Show To Take Place At NEC Next Month

The commercial vehicle show is due to take place from the 13th-15th April next month. It is a highlight on the calendar for fleet managers and drivers alike.
There will be a variety of new vans exhibited and anybody looking to make a purchase is encouraged to visit. Companies specialising in vehicle maintenance equipment, replacement parts, logistics and fleet management systems will also be present.
There will be particular focus on the environmental impact of commercial vehicles at this years show. Those who attend will be given […]