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Tax discs 800 cropHow new tax requirements will affect buying and selling vans

Story: Robin Roberts | Posted 23 September 2014

FROM Wednesday 1 October 2014, paper tax discs will no longer have to be displayed in a vehicle and an electronic road tax database will hold the details of the registered keepers who have paid and those who haven’t. If there is an existing tax disc in a vehicle which is due to run out… Read more…

When you're starting a business, making the correct van choice is crucial.Mercedes Vans urges UK van drivers to check they’re legal to drive

Story: Robin Roberts | Posted 17 September 2014

Mercedes Vans is urging all van drivers in the UK to check out the facts around Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) requirements, before venturing out on the roads. The deadline for all drivers operating an LGV over 3.5 tonnes to have completed their Driver CPC training, which is a legal necessity of 35 hours of training… Read more…

van, loading, pick, upVan loading safety: how not to break the law

Story: Peter Witherington | Posted 8 August 2014

HOW much importance you put on loading your vans safely and securely probably depends on whether you are a business van manager or a van driver. Though it’s sad for us to have to admit it, many business van managers are more likely to be concerned with stuffing as much as they can into the… Read more…

traffic, moving, at, speedCPC completion deadline looming for small van fleet operators

Story: Martyn Collins | Posted 5 August 2014

TRADES and small van fleet operators, with vans over 3.5 tonnes need to register quickly, to avoid falling foul of new legislation on Driver CPC training. The deadline for Driver CPC, for professional lorry drivers is 9 September 2014. What is Driver CPC I hear you ask and why do I need it? Well, it’s… Read more…

boris, johnson, citroen, vanVan drivers clobbered with new London tax

Story: Martyn Collins | Posted 29 July 2014

TRADES and van drivers operating in central London will have to shell out an extra tenner just to get to work, if Mayor Boris Johnson gets his way. The £10 diesel tax, doubles the daily cost to van drivers operators entering central London, because it will be on top of the normal congestion zone charge… Read more…

Canter with trailerTowing? There are things you need to be knowing!

Story: Peter Witherington | Posted 16 July 2014

  BEING keen on all things to do with vans, the guys here at businessvans.co.uk usually take a quick peek inside the cab of any light commercial vehicle they see parked on the side of the road – just out of professional interest you understand. Two things usually hit us. One is the untidy state of… Read more…

Congestion Charge signLondon Congestion Charge rises to £11.50

Story: Matt | Posted 5 June 2014

TRANSPORT FOR LONDON (TfL) has confirmed its plans to increase the London Congestion Charge from £10 to £11.50 this month, in an attempt to keep a lid on traffic chaos and improve the capital’s transport network. The 15 per cent rise means business users will pay up to £400 more every year to drive within… Read more…

OnPhoneIAM calls for tougher mobile phone penalties

Story: Colin Dawson | Posted 18 September 2013

MOST people believe that using a mobile ‘phone while driving is unsafe –  yet, since 2006, 750,000 fixed-penalty notices have been issued for this offence. Road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) is calling for stronger and more consistent penalties for drivers convicted of causing death by dangerous driving. In 11 recent prosecutions… Read more…

1075_Middle_Lane_Drivers_Landscape-275x171Middle lane hoggers fined £100 from today

Story: Richard Davies | Posted 16 August 2013

  FROM August 16, drivers who ‘hog’ the middle lane face an on-the-spot fine of £100 and 3 points on their license. High time many van drivers will say. The new fixed penalty will also apply to tailgating. More serious cases of careless and negligent driving will still be taken to court and will face… Read more…

Overloaded vanThe fine that led to a new idea

Story: Ralph Morton | Posted 13 August 2013

OUT of adversity comes opportunity, said Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the United States of America. David Carruthers, a director at Tholos Technology, probably wasn’t thinking that at the time when he was stopped and his van was found to be overloaded. But according to Tholos Technology director Alan Macdonald, who was… Read more…