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News and information from and about the LCV industry in the UK and around the world. Industry articles available at The Van Expert.

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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.

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

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.

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.
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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.
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More than 30 vans stolen each day as alarms still not...

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.
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Fifth of consumers believe van drivers are the worst on the...

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.
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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.
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New van market falls for third consecutive month

New light commercial vehicle (LCV) registrations fell by 9.6% in November, the third consecutive monthly decline, with market uncertainty and regulatory changes...

Mercedes-Benz Citan has worst emissions of Euro-6 LCVs

Mercedes-Benz’s Citan model has the worst emissions of the best-selling LCVs in the UK, with real-world NOx emissions far higher than its official laboratory results, according to new testing findings.
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EU commercial vehicle production falls again in October

The recent decline in commercial vehicle registrations in the European Union continued in October, with a 7.3% fall registered across the 28...
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Uber refused London licence after unauthorised drivers carry out 14,000 trips

Uber’s application for a new London operating licence has been refused, although the company will continue to operate while it appeals the decision.

Ford Transit Custom Hybrids win International Van of the Year 2020...

Ford scooped the International Van of the Year Award 2020 (IVoY) Award for its range of Transit Custom Hybrids, comprising the Plug-In...

Van driver who saved motorist from burning car named Hero of...

A delivery driver who saved a motorist trapped in a burning car after a high-speed crash has been named Hero of the Year at the Van Excellence Awards.
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New van registrations fall by 11% in October

New LCV registrations fell by 11% year-on-year in October – the second consecutive monthly decline – as economic uncertainty and regulatory changes...
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Used van sector moving towards 12-month warranties as standard

Used van dealers are now leading their car counterparts when it comes to offering longer standard warranties, according to the RAC Dealer...
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UK van market falls 23% in September

The UK new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market fell by more than 23% year-on-year in September, according to registration figures published this week.
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Amazon orders 100,000 electric delivery vehicles

Amazon has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2040 as it announces ‘the largest order ever of electric delivery vehicles’.
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New van registrations soar in August

New light commercial vehicle (LCV) registrations jumped by 41% year-on-year, with regulatory changes and retail deals fuelling growth, according to new figures.

Loading bay fines cost UK van drivers £600,000 per year

Incorrectly parking or stopping in loading bays has cost UK van drivers £1.7 million in the past three years, according to new research.
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UK LCV registrations up in July

Registrations of new LCVs rose by 11% in July, largely driven by demand for vans, but the market for rigids from 3.5 - 6.0 tonnes continues to fall.
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Commercial vehicle production falls by half in June

UK commercial vehicle production more than halved in June compared to 2018, thanks to changeovers in models and declining exports.
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High Court rules minicab drivers must pay congestion charge

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s decision to introduce the congestion charge for minicab drivers is not unlawfully discriminatory, the High Court has ruled.
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Government announces tax breaks for electric taxis

Taxi drivers and businesses are being encouraged to buy new electric taxis after the government made them exempt from the highest tax...
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New LCV registrations up 13.5% in June

The UK new light commercial vehicle market recorded a record first half of the year, registering its sixth consecutive month of growth in June.