Industry news

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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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.

Nominations now open for the Van Excellence Awards 2019

Van operators who have made a significant contribution to the van market will be celebrated at the 2019 Van Excellence Honours Lunch...

Leeds and Birmingham delay CAZ implementation

The planned introduction of Clean Air Zones (CAZ) into Leeds and Birmingham in January 2020 have been “significantly postponed” because of a Government delay...
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Increasing numbers of operators turning to electric vans

More than two thirds of van operators intend to use electric vehicles in their fleet this year, a report has found.

Van Excellence Driver of the Year winners announced

The winners of the Freight Transport Association’s (FTA) 2019 Van Excellence Driver of the Year and Young Driver of the Year, sponsored...
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No lack of confidence in new van market

The UK new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market climbed 5% in May, the fifth consecutive month of growth in van sales.

Van Excellence Driver of the Year finalists announced

The 15 finalists in the Freight Transport Association’s (FTA) 2019 Van Excellence Driver of the Year and Young Driver of the Year,...

Ten injuries a week caused to van drivers by tailgating

Tailgating is more likely to cause a van to have an accident than speeding, bad weather or drink-driving, new research has revealed.
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Another month of sales growth in April

The UK new van market continued its strong start to the year in April, with registrations up nearly 5% year-on-year, according to the latest figures.
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New licence regulations to help electric vans

Holders of standard car driving licences will be able to drive heavier electric vans than conventional equivalents, according to newly announced rules...
Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) warning - London 2019

Ultra Low Emission Zone comes into force in central London

Drivers of older vehicles will have to pay a new £12.50 fee to enter the centre of London now that the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) has come into force.
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Ford reveals electric future for its CV line-up

Ford has announced a new wide-ranging commercial vehicle strategy that will include new electrified vehicles, innovative connectivity and more support for van users.
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Big and small vans carry new LCV load in February

New LCV registrations were up slightly in February compared to the same month last year, recording just under 2% of growth.
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Taxi and minicab drivers to face tougher checks

All taxi and minicab drivers could have to pass enhanced criminal record checks under Government plans to protect vulnerable passengers.
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New LCV registrations up by 9% in January

The new light commercial vehicle market grew by nearly 9% in January, according to the latest results posted this week by the SMMT.
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Poor December results bring rollercoaster LCV sales year to a close

It was a poor showing for December new LCV registrations, with results down nearly 9% to close the year for 2018 in figures published today by the SMMT.
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Surprise boost to UK CV manufacturing

UK commercial vehicle production increased by 26% in November, but industry bosses said figures were skewed by fleet orders.
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Mayor of London launches scrappage scheme for older diesel vans

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has launched a scrappage scheme to help small businesses prepare for the capital’s new Ultra Low Emission Zone.
Volkswagen Transporter panel van, November 2018

Another strong month for new LCV sales in November

The LCV market is enjoying a strong finish to a turbulent year in 2018, with new registrations up by 10% in November, following a 14% increase in October.

Large van sales carry the new LCV market in October

Strong sales of large vans overcame falls of medium and small vans to help the overall new LCV market post growth of 14% in October.
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Greener taxis help reduce driver pollution exposure

The type of vehicle a London cab driver chooses can drastically affect their exposure to pollution, a university survey has found.
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Addison Lee plans autonomous minicabs within three years

A partnership between Addison Lee and software company Oxbotica could see driverless taxis on London streets in just three years.