Dan Parton

Dan Parton
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Dan Parton is a former editor of Truck & Driver, the UK’s biggest selling truck magazine. He is now the editor of our three commercial vehicle titles: The Van Expert, The Truck Expert and Commercial Vehicle Engineer.

Spartan take on 70 new Mercedes-Benz Citans

Spartan Motor Factors has commissioned 70 new Mercedes-Benz Citans as the company seeks to grow following its acquisition by MWR Sales Ltd...
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Rise in new van registrations point to post-Covid recovery

The number of new LCVS registered increased by 7% in July, the first monthly year-on-year increase since January, fuelled by pent-up demand from operators after lockdown restrictions have been lifted.

Nissan NV200 UK’s most reliable van, new figures reveal

The UK’s most reliable light commercial vehicle (LCV) is the Nissan NV200, while the Ford Ranger is the most prone to needing repair, according to new research.

Van owners warned to get safety checks as MOT exemption ends

Van owners are being urged to get their vans checked and repaired, as about 1.2 million vans had MOTs postponed during the COVID-19 lockdown exemption.

Renault launches zero-emission Zoe Van

Renault PRO+ has launched its latest small electric van, the zero-emission Zoe, offering a range of 245 miles and a payload of 387kg.

Mercedes-Benz Vans launches finance offers to support businesses

Mercedes-Benz Vans UK has launched a range of finance offers to support businesses who run vans and ensure that pricing is transparent and suitable for various budgets.

Southampton City Council takes delivery of 24 Renault Kangoo ZE33 vans

Southampton City Council (SCC) has put 24 zero emission Renault Kangoo ZE33 panel vans into service around the city.
LEVC VN5 electric van

LEVC announces full details of its VN5 van

London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) has announced the full details of its fully electric VN5 van, which will hit the roads later this year.
Renaul Master ZE

Renault expands electric Master ZE line-up

Renault has expanded its electric Master ZE range, which now includes a chassis cab version and an increased payload across the entire range.
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New van sales show first signs of recovery

June provided another tough month for the light commercial vehicle sector, with registrations down 24.8% compared to the same time in 2019, and sales in the sector were more than 44% down on the first half of last year.
Van thefts on the rise

Six tips to protect your van from theft

Security is something that all van owners should be prioritising, with the number of vans stolen increasing by 45% over the last four years.

MAXUS launches Deliver 9 and e Deliver 3 range

MAXUS has launched its flagship LCV panel van, the Deliver 9 and an all-electric LCV, the e Deliver 3.

Fiat launches limited edition Ducato Shadow Edition

Fiat Professional has launched a new limited version of its Ducato large van – the Shadow Edition. Just 100 examples of the LWB version will be available in the UK.

New van market falls 86% in April due to coronavirus

The UK new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market declined by 86.2% in April as nearly all registrations stopped due to coronavirus lockdowns.
Volkswagen Transporter 6.1 - front view | The Van Expert

Drivers urged to give vans a health check to maintain safety

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has urged van drivers who have been handed an MOT extension to give their vans a health check to keep them road legal and safe during the COVID-19 crisis.

New van registrations halve in March as coronavirus makes impact

The new light commercial vehicle market more than halved in March compared to 2019 figures as the effects of the coronavirus pandemic impacted on the sector.
Smiling van driver

Call for professional drivers to have two-year eye test as standard

Professional drivers in the transport, passenger transport and logistics sectors should have an eye test every two years, on either a mandatory or voluntary basis, a fleet insurance specialist has said.

Commercial Vehicle Show cancelled

The Commercial Vehicle Show, set to be held on April 26-28 at the NEC in Birmingham, has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Toyota launches Proace City compact van

Toyota has introduced its all-new Proace City compact van, with five models on offer and two powertrains, as well as a wealth of in-cab technology.

Most van drivers risking £200 fine for not using handsfree behind the wheel

Fewer than half of van drivers use handsfree or Bluetooth technology while driving and are continuing to risk a £200 fine and six penalty points for making calls on the go, according to a study.

Five Mile adds to green credentials with five new eVito vans

Recycling company First Mile has become one of the first customers to take delivery of fully electric Mercedes-Benz eVito vans since members...

Citroën offers van drivers up to £10,000 savings in new swap scheme

Owners of vans registered before January 1, 2014 could receive up to £10,000 towards the cost a new Citroën van, when trading in their vehicle as part of Citroën UK’s new LCV Swappage Scheme.

Strong January for used LCV sale prices

Average values for used light commercial vehicles (LCVs) reached an all-time high in January at British Car Auctions (BCA), according to new figures.

Volkswagen announces free care package for Transporter and Amarok customers

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has launched a free £1,200 four-year care package for Transporter 6.1 and Amarok customers.

LDV to rebrand as MAXUS

Van maker LDV is to rebrand as MAXUS in April and launch two new models – the Deliver 9 and the electric E Deliver 31.