Electrician gets driving ban for lying to police

Police have warned all firms with vans covered by commercial vehicle insurance to check on their drivers, after an electrician was stopped by police when they saw him using a mobile phone while driving a company van. Things then got worse for the driver as it turned out he had no driving licence.
When the case got to Plymouth Crown Court it was also revealed that Joseph Goulding, from Southampton, had even tried to fool the police by giving them his older brother’s details. Police told […]

Number of petrol thefts increase in East Yorkshire

Drivers are being urged to park their vehicles in safe areas after police officers report a big increase in fuel theft across Hull and the East Riding areas. Officers have described it as an emerging issue throughout the region and have linked it to the increases in fuel prices at the pumps.
In the last seven days police have dealt with eleven cases in Hull and seven in the East Riding area, compared with the usual rate of just two cases throughout the whole Humberside area. […]

Companies are increasing their business mileage

New research carried out has shown that firms are increasing their business mileage in an effort to keep customer relationships alive while at the same time continuing to operate in a highly competitive market.
Half of employees questioned said they have upped their business mileage in the last two years and a quarter are now driving over a 1,000 miles per month. Staff feel the main reason for driving hundreds of extra miles is because of the necessity to build better relationships with both customers and […]

Kangoo jump starts the market

In a major boost for van manufacturer Renault, customers have already committed to buying their new Kangoo van six months before the vehicle hits the showrooms.
The new all electric Kangoo Van Z.E (Zero Emission) has seen long time customer JC Decaux order six of the vans this week. They will be the first people to get a commercial vehicle insurance quote on the new van and will probably be the first of many.
Although the new Kangoo is not due to make an appearance before the […]

Local authorities in Nottingham join forces in effort to cut fleet costs

Six councils from across Nottingham have joined together and appointed Chevin Fleet Solutions to hopefully help them to cut unnecessary costs and reduce excess administration hours.
The six Councils are Bassetlaw, Gedling, Ashfield, Mansfield, Newark & Sherwood and Rushcliffe and are all part of the Nottingham Vehicle Consortium. The councils have acquired a new fleet management system which will examine the fleet operations and also streamline services. Chevin Fleet Solutions were selected for the job ahead of five others and will now enable the members of […]

Van driver deflated after saying goodbye to two old friends

A van driver from Cumbria has parted company with a pair of old friends this week after being together for 7 years. The pair of friends was the rear tyres on his Citroen Relay van and believe it or not they had clocked up 350,000 miles before being retired from service.
Courier Bryan Davidson acquired the Michelin Agilis van tyres when he first took out commercial vehicle insurance on his brand new Citroen Relay HWB in 2004, and they have been his constant companions ever since, […]

Sat navs are sending drivers back to maps

Van drivers throughout the United Kingdom are falling out of love with their satellite navigation systems, branding them as untrustworthy, inaccurate and a cause of commercial vehicle insurance claims as drivers tamper with the device while driving.
A survey of 3000 drivers reported that sat navs are not always regarded as the driver’s friend. The research revealed that eight out of ten drivers have ignored the directions provided by the sat navs, believing them to be incorrect and much less efficient than the trusty old road […]

Van drivers not welcome in the fast or slow lane

A recent survey by a road safety organisation revealed van drivers as the most unpopular drivers on the motorways of the UK. The survey by GEM, the motoring and road safety organisation, concentrated on what drivers considered to be the most dangerous manoeuvres carried out on the country’s motorways by other drivers.
There was no surprise that tailgating and the use of mobile phones came in as the top two most dangerous activities bad drivers get up to. However, it really doesn’t matter if he has […]

Cameras turned back on and it’s no joke

Van drivers in and around Oxfordshire will have to be on their mettle once again this morning, as an old foe has once more raised its head. Although many van drivers listening to the news this morning may have thought it was an April fool’s Day joke it is in fact true that Thames Valley Police have turned back on all 72 of their fixed site road cameras.
It will be the first time since August 2010 that motorists in the County will be under surveillance […]