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 insurance quote on the featured van. Continuing its tradition of building a one-off super sporty version to highlight what a set of engineers can achieve with a van, they unveiled the “Transit Supersportsvan”. The van was created by putting the largest engine (3.2lite 197 bhp diesel) into the van with the smallest short wheel base. The van was then treated to a luxury make over which included twin exhausts, alloy wheels, low profile tyres, front and rear low spoilers and of course go faster stripes on the bonnet. Unfortunately Ford confirmed the very impressive van would not be going on general sale.
Minister presents Van Excellence awards
Over in another area of the show Transport Minister Mike Penning awarded Van Excellence certificates of accreditation to four well deserving businesses. AAH Pharmaceuticals, Enterprised Managed Services, Iron Mountain and London borough of Redbridge all picked up the certificates at the Freight Trade Association (FTA) stand.
The FTA is the body behind the Van Excellence scheme, which is designed to raise the standards and profile of van using businesses across the UK. The scheme has now been embraced by 13 organisations that between them have fleet insurance on over 22,000 vans. The FTA say that a further 80 businesses are ready to join the scheme, which the FTA hope will become a feature in all van led businesses.
Voluntary scheme gets a mention
The FTA were also praised by the minister for their work on the Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme (LCRS), a voluntary effort that is designed to enable hauliers and couriers to assess the quantity of emissions their vehicles are emitting and what they can do to lower them. Publications on the LCRS and the Van Excellence Accreditation Scheme are both available from the FTA stand.
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