Ford Windstar recalled again

The van and truck industry is once more at the centre of a vehicle recall storm as the Ford Windstar minivan is recalled over a possible axle fault.
Fortunately for UK drivers they are not concerned just yet, but the US manufacturer announced on Friday that 575,000 vehicles in the USA and Canada were being recalled over fears that corrosion of the rear axle could actually cause the component to break, and lead to potentially fatal consequences. It is thought that it could be a design […]

Van manufacturer calls for more government aid

As the push for greener vehicles envelops the commercial vehicle industry, one van manufacturer is concerned that the present government may not be doing enough to encourage the sale of electric vans.
Iveco, the bus and coach manufacturer, have called on the Coalition Government to do all it can to provide greater help and encouragement in the way of financial incentives to fleet companies in the UK. They say without financial assistance many companies may shy away from the greener, electric vans as the technology is […]

Tesco to monitor delivery drivers

The home delivery arm of Tesco are to introduce speed monitoring which will allow the company to map the speed of its delivery vans to the actual speed limit of the road the van is on.
It will enable them to identify when and where the drivers are exceeding the speed limit and allow them to take appropriate action. A speeding event will be triggered once the road limit is exceeded by 10%. The speeding system, using a combination of Microlise telematics and Navtech mapping data, […]

Ford Transit’s happy anniversary

One of the UK’s most loved (and used) vans celebrated its 45th anniversary this weekend, and there appears to be no stopping it.
Worldwide, over six million models have been sold and in the UK alone over two million van drivers will have applied for commercial vehicle insurance to drive a Ford Transit since it first rolled of the production line in the UK in 1965. Born in the middle of the swinging sixties, at a time of miniskirts, mini cars and films such as The […]

Firms will need structured approach to Electric Vehicles

Fleets need to take a structured approach to managing the first electric vehicles being used as company cars and vans, according to Fleet software market leader CFC Solutions.
In the future when firms start using electric cars and vans, they are worried that the businesses will treat the first electric vehicles as environmentally friendly novelties, when what they really should be doing is learning about how they operate, the limitations, and of course, the financial benefits as quickly as possible. A lot of money will have […]

Latest tyre can save van drivers money

There is good news for van drivers after it has been revealed that a reduction in fuel consumption of between two and three per cent will be possible, with the latest van tyre from Giti Tire. A saving of this kind could well cover the cost of commercial vehicle insurance over a year. When compared with its predecessor, the new EX achieved the saving through a 10% weight reduction and 15% rolling resistance. The manufacturers say that the production technologies and the materials they […]

Portable refueller set to be trialled

As the race to provide low carbon emission vehicles gathers pace, yet another experimental fuel will be trialled by two local authorities at opposite ends of the country.
Sheffield City Council in South Yorkshire and Camden Borough Council in London will be seeking commercial vehicle insurance on vans powered by hydrogen fuel at the turn of the year.
South Yorkshire based company ITM Power, have signed deals which will see the above mentioned councils take part in the Hydrogen On Site Trials (HOST) in 2011. The trial […]

Van thieves instigate a crime wave in the West Country

Van drivers in the South West, are being urged to take extra care with their security measures following a spate of robberies from vehicles in the area.
Avon and Somerset police force, have revealed that over 30 van related thefts have been reported in the last few weeks. The thieves appear to be operating from vans themselves and are targeting building sites, building suppliers and large DIY stores.
Eye witnesses say the thieves are caucasian males and are dressed as building workers, wearing fluorescent jackets to blend […]

Vauxhall launch green Corsavan

Van drivers, looking to embrace the new technologies that provide more environmentally friendly vehicles, have a new option to consider when making a new purchase.
Vauxhall motors have released its first new van to have stop/start technology this week. The new Corsavan ecoFLEX should prove to be a big success for city drivers especially, as this is where the stop/start technology will operate most successfully.
The principle behind stop/start is really commonsense. When a driver gets stuck in traffic, within seconds of the vehicle being put in […]

New van sales buck the trend

New van registrations in July turned out to be surprisingly good as they continued to rise on month by month figures.
The July figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders organisation (SMMT) showed that although car sales showed a worrying drop in sales, it seems more motorists will be getting quotes for commercial vehicle insurance, as sales for light commercial vehicles and vans in general continued to surge ahead.
The combined total for new van and truck sales in July amounted to an impressive 20,069. […]