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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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.
Ford tops the charts in February

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.
Illuminated taxi sign on a black cab

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.
Mitsubishi L200 pick-up - February 2019

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.
Ford Transit Centre

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.
van scrappage scheme

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.
London electric taxis and a Boris Bus Routemaster

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.
addison lee logo on back of a vehicle

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.
£100 million set for A-road rehabilitation across England

£100m road maintenance aims to prevent 1,450 deaths and serious injuries

Around 1,450 deaths and serious injuries could be prevented through “rehabilitation” of the riskiest council-managed A roads in England.
Ford Transit Custom leads LCV registrations again, September 2018

New LCV registrations down 6% in September

Small and medium vans were chiefly responsible for the new LCV market falling 6% in September compared to the same month last year.
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van 2018

LCV market rebounds in August

The roller coaster ride of new LCV registrations in 2018 is continuing. After two months of falling figures, August saw sales up by 5%.
AEB demonstration by Thatcham Research on a Volkswagen Crafter

Call for AEB to be fitted as standard to all new...

Fitting autonomous emergency braking systems as standard on all commercial vehicles in the UK could stop nearly 2,500 crashes a year, according to the DfT.
Ford Transit Custom August 2018

LCV market falls again in July

New LCV registrations fell by 6% for the second month in succession, according to the latest numbers published today by the SMMT.
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UK van market slides back in June

UK van registrations fell 5.8% in June, more than reversing a 2% rise in May in what remains a volatile market.
Ford Transit Custom June 2018

LCV registrations remain stable in May

Demand for new LCVs remained stable in May, with new registrations up just over 2%, and year-to-date registrations down just under 1%.
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Government consults on emissions-based van tax

Van operators could be pressured to update to cleaner models by changes to road tax.The Government has launched a two-month consultation into Vehicle Excise...
2018 Ford Transit Custom Limited front

A positive month for LCV registrations as volatile year continues

The April new LCV registration figures have been published, and it was a solid month for every category except pick-up trucks.
Fiat Ducato tipper conversion

Conversion rate is high at CV Show 2018

Several LCV manufacturers are showing off their latest conversion offerings at the 2018 CV Show, which starts today at the NEC in Birmingham.
Enterprise hands over van to Rural Surrey Transport

Community operator replaces owned minibuses with long-term rentals

Community transport operator East Surrey Rural Transport Partnership has replaced 34 of its fleet of minibuses with long-term rental vehicles.

Van market reverses gear in March

Sales of new vans slid back almost 6% in March, emphasising the current volatile nature of the market after rising in February.
Keyless theft is on the increase

Keyless van thefts on the rise

Last year, 82% of stolen light commercial vehicles (LCVs) were taken without the owners’ keys -  nearly double the number from 2016.
Ben and Mercedes-Benz have been research van driver mental health

Warning of skills shortage in commercial vehicle sector

Almost 1 in 5 van operators are so concerned about skills shortages, they fear it could prevent their business operating in the next 12 months.