Dan Parton

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Dan Parton is a freelance journalist and former editor of Truck & Driver, the UK's biggest selling truck magazine. He writes for both The Van Expert and The Truck Expert.

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.
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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.
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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.

LEVC produces first electric van prototypes ahead of launch

London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) has started building the first prototypes of its new van, ahead of its debut at the CV Show on April 28.
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UK LCV market up by 5.9% in January

The UK new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market grew by 5.9% in the first month of 2020, breaking a run of three successive months of year-on-year decline, new figures have revealed.

Reliability key for Roy Cowie’s new tippers

Landscaping contractor Roy Cowie has taken on four new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter tippers with seven-seat crew cabs having been impressed with the reliability of previous vans.

Nissan delivers 300 electric vans to DPD

Delivery and logistics firm DPD has purchased 300 e-NV200 vans from Nissan as the company aims to have 10% of its vehicles electrically powered by the end of 2020.

Nissan unveils updated Navara Off-Roader AT32

Nissan has taken the sheets off its updated version of its Navara Off-Roader AT32. The refreshed model has been manufactured to be more efficient and better to drive, without compromising its class-leading off-road ability.

Mitsubishi launches L200 Trojan Series 6 pick-up in the UK

Mitsubishi has expanded its L200 Series 6 pick-up truck range with the addition of the new L200 Trojan.
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More than 30 vans stolen each day as alarms still not standard on all...

More than 43,000 vans have been stolen since 2016, with a further 117,000 broken into, costing drivers and businesses more than £61.9 million in lost tools and other items.

North East Ambulance Service takes on 44 Mercedes-Benz Sprinters

New response time targets for A&E provision in the region prompted North East Ambulance Service to bolster its frontline fleet with 44 Mercedes-Benz Sprinters.

Hyundai and Kia announce partnership with Arrival to develop electric vans

Hyundai and Kia have announced an investment of €100 million (£85.2 million) in a new partnership with UK-based electric vehicle startup Arrival to develop small and medium-sized electric vans.
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Fifth of consumers believe van drivers are the worst on the road, survey reveals

More than a third of consumers (37%) believe van drivers have “lots of bad and inconsiderate driving habits” and 19% think that van drivers are the worst on the road, a new survey has revealed.

Cascade takes on Ready to Work Mercedes-Benz Sprinters

Cascade Pipeline Corporation has taken advantage of the fast delivery times of Mercedes-Benz Vans’ Ready to Work programme to buy four dropside-bodied 3.5-tonne Sprinters to cope with new contract wins.
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Van registrations up by 2.4% in 2019

ew van registrations grew in December, reversing the trend of the previous three months, helping to ensure that the market ended the year 2.4% up on 2018 figures.

Falck takes on 92 new MAN TGE ambulances

Independent ambulance and healthcare provider Falck has boosted its UK Patient Transport Service (PTS) function with the arrival of a fleet of...

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