Fleet managers unsure of the need for noises on electric vehicles

Firms with a fleet of vans which are protected by commercial vehicle insurance have questioned the need for new technology which is designed to make electric vehicles noisier so that pedestrians will be more aware of their presence.
Academics are testing different systems that copy the sound of a vehicle accelerating and changing through the gears for use in electric vehicles. The system will not be expensive and it may be on sale in the few months.
However, fleets are far from convinced that there is a […]

Fleet managers concerned for the future

Most fleet managers say that issues over electric van residual values as well as the finance models which manufacturers intend to use to bring these models to market are their two main concerns.
A recent fleet van conference saw these concerns addressed and the fleet managers were given advice on electric vans and what the future may have in store. According to some people the picture for EVs could be even worse. If battery costs drop by a third during the next three years, which is […]

Council make half a million pounds thanks to new CCTV cameras

A driver has received 15 fines in three weeks for transgressing road restrictions in Bradford city centre. Companies with vans covered by commercial vehicle insurance are warning their drivers to look out for any new road restrictions.
Driver, Richard Garthwaite, is totally ‘stunned’ to find out that he now has to pay a bill of over £900 which is three-quarters of his monthly wage.
Mr Garthwaite has stacked up the fines since Bradford City Council switched on their brand new CCTV cameras which were put there to […]

Renault wins award for improvements in van offering

Renault has won yet another trophy to add to its already long list of plaudits, this time for its newly-revised van range, and they are delighted at winning the award for Most Improved Van Manufacturer of the Year at the Fleet Van Awards.
Europe’s number one LCV marque was also praised for the New Master in the Large Panel Van of the Year category and they also made the shortlist in category of Small Van of the Year for the Kangoo Van.
Renault is getting very serious […]

Wearing seat-belts will save hundreds of lives each year

A new report has revealed that a lot of company vehicle drivers are still not wearing a seat-belt when behind the wheel.
The AA has released its Clunk Click report which found that over one third of vehicle occupants killed in collisions on the United Kingdom’s were not wearing seat belts. Results showed that only 69% of company vehicle drivers which include people who drive vans, buses, lorries, a minibus or coaches will regularly wear a seat-belt.
It did not state how many company car […]

Kwik-Fit continue to be first choice for firms with commercial vans

Kwik-Fit Fleet, the United Kingdom’s biggest independent fast-fit provider, has had their passion for helping businesses cut down their operating costs as well as improving efficiency, rewarded. Once more the company have been named Van Service and Repair Company of the Year.
The award by industry publication Fleet Van sees the company complete a hat-trick of honours this year. The award was presented by Stephen Briers, who is Fleet Vans editor-in-chief, who said “With its seven-days-a-week servicing and repair offering, a heavy investment in training and […]

Council’s low-emission vehicles go on show at public event

Councils throughout West Yorkshire are going ahead with their plans to extend the fleet of electric and other environmentally friendly vehicles. Leeds council recently took a delivery of five electric-powered Transit vans and Wakefield council has an order for seven new vehicles.
Later this week Leeds will be taken over by 30 low-emission vehicles which will be parked on Millennium Square. The council organised this free low-emission vehicle exhibition, which is open to members the public. The event is part a promotion of low emissions vehicles.
The […]

Van drivers up in arms in Ilkeston

Van drivers in the East Midlands are being left confused and in some cases out of pocket by parking regulations.
It appears that signs in the car parks of East Midlands town Ilkeston, have completely baffled market traders, shop owners and delivery drivers as they have been given parking tickets even though they have paid to park in them.
John Green, a delivery driver in the town, said vans were being ticketed in Queens Street car park in September even though they had paid to park, he […]

Fear for small businesses as toll increase looms

Van drivers with commercial vehicle insurance could be set for an increase in Humber Bridge tolls after proposed increases across the entire six vehicle categories were announced by Humber bridge officials.
Documents seen by the Grimsby Telegraph also reveal further plans to combine the classifications, making three groups instead of six, and the changes mean that small businesses are set to be the hardest hit.
The Humber Bridge was opened in July 1981 and if the plans are given the green light it will see the bridge […]

Motorists no longer using the motorway service station

Drivers in the United Kingdom have condemned motorway services for having sky high prices and extremely poor service. Millions now drive past motorway services unless they have to use the toilet.
Market analysts, Mintel, recently carried out research of 2,000 drivers who think that the motorway service station is losing well over £10 million a year because drivers are now avoiding these service areas and stopping at cheaper alternatives.
A spokesman for Mintel, said “Full service restaurants have continued their decline in popularity amongst travellers as time […]