Category Archives: Van Hire

Will van drivers stop buying the Ford Transit?

Last month it was revealed that several of Ford’s production sites were to close, including the major Southampton plant which is notable for producing the Ford Transit. Ford is also closing part of its Dagenham plant as well as a large factory in Genk, Belgium resulting in the loss of over 4300 jobs.

Striking Caddy Cross Available from 2013


In our last blog article we wrote about the Transit Custom being given an award at the Hannover IAA CV Show but it was also a great event for Volkswagen too. They unveiled the Caddy Cross special edition and they have announced that it will be available to purchase in the UK at the beginning of 2013.
Caddy Cross
The van comes with a bright green paint job and a contrasting black body kit which is something […]

Fraikin will Now Hire Trucks to Environcom


Fraikin is a commercial vehicle fleet management and maintenance company and they have just landed a five year contract with Environcom. They are the country’s largest recycling company and they will now be supplied with three trucks.
Contract
The contract means that Fraikin will provide Environcom with three 15 tonne rigid body box trucks for hire which include tail lifts and sleeper cabs. The trucks will be used to deliver electrical goods that have been reconditioned to charity […]

Light Commercial Vehicles LCV Values Increase


Last month saw another increase in prices for light commercial vehicles of 2.3 per cent. LCV Values are now £99 higher than they were during the same month of last year. This is according to the latest Pulse report from the BCA.
This price increase came at the same time that the average age of the vehicles also increased by 8.8 per cent which is equivalent to four months. Surprisingly, the average millage had also increased by […]

Europcar Get Greener


Europcar, one of the premier rental services, has placed further investment in building a van fleet that includes the latest, most economical models on the market. Europcar have found that as a result of the increase in online shopping, more and more distribution companies require instant access to quality van hire in order to help them meet fluctuating demand and delivery schedules.
Models Included
The models that have been included in Europcar’s extended fleet include the new, compact […]

Utility firms look to cash in on electric vehicle market

Utility firms in the United Kingdom are locked in a battle to attract customers who are changing over to an electric vehicle (EV). British Gas have announced that electric vehicle owners may only have to pay as little as 1.25p per mile to run the vehicle under their brand new tariff. This represents a potential saving of £1200 per year compared to the cost of running the vehicle on petrol.
Plan appeals to business users
The […]

Van hire offering a niche in the market

The difficult trading circumstances many haulage companies and transport businesses are enduring at the moment is proving to be a major boost for one business at least in the UK.
Gap in the market
Many leasing companies have found van hire is proving to be a good source of income. One such firm is Giraffe Automotive Services (GAS), set up by entrepreneur Mel Goodliffe. The company is proving the old adage that every cloud has a silver lining, very true. The austerity measures along with the much […]

Registration Plate change surprise

Van drivers who have decided to splash out on a new van and the commercial vehicle insurance to go with it, may well get a surprise when they see the registration plate allocated to their new LCV.
Because the Department of Vehicle Licensing (DVLA) issue two new registrations every year, the ones issued from September 1st will have the number 60 on them. This may seem strange but is brought about by the present system whereby the first registration of the year takes the last two numerals […]

Bipper designed for the city

For many self employed tradesman, picking the right vehicle to carry out their work is of paramount importance. Many workers in the traditional trades that often attract individuals wanting to work for themselves, such as  electricians, plumbers, painters and chimney sweeps, have turned to a Peugeot van that was designed with the tradesman in mind, especially one who works in one of the UK’s busy towns and cities.
The Peugeot Bipper is a relative newcomer on to the scene, but has already won many accolades from […]

Van hire under the spotlight

The frailty of the UK’s recovery, and how easily it can be reversed, can be gleaned from some interesting facts unearthed by journalists. Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show how police forces across the country are spending a fortune on hiring vehicles, and pressure groups are beginning to ask why.
The “This is Bristol” website obtained the statistics on how much their local police force, Avon and Somerset Constabulary, spent on hiring vans and cars. The amount is quite staggering and must be […]