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transit, with, trailerEU set to relax tachograph rules

Story: Peter Witherington | Posted 22 October 2014

THE tachograph has been the scourge of many a truck fleet operation for the past few years. Fitting a tachograph severely limits the amount of hours a driver can sit behind the wheel of a truck and while we appreciate that the rules are there to promote safety, it can make running a fleet an… Read more…

vans, with, roof, racks, parkedWhat’s the law on overhanging loads?

Story: Peter Witherington | Posted 9 October 2014

VAN manufacturers are coming up with some ingenious ways of transporting long loads nowadays. Overhanging loads – what you need to know Up to 1m – no markings required 1m – 2m – ends must be clearly visible 2m+ – 3m – reflective marker boards 400mm to 1700mm off the ground Over 3m – reflective… Read more…

man, servicing, volkswagen, commercial, vehiclePoor maintenance puts van operators at risk of expensive payouts

Story: Matt Morton | Posted 9 October 2014

RECENT figures from what was then the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) suggest that around 50% of all vans are now failing their MOTs. That means that over half of all vans being used daily by businesses are potentially un-roadworthy. Kevin Rendell, head of service and parts at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, told Business Vans… Read more…

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…