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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…

Van overloadVan overload protection system launched by Tholos

Story: Ralph Morton | Posted 13 August 2013

ONE fifth of all vans on the road is overloaded. A scary stat from VOSA, the Vehicle Operator and Services Agency. VOSA, which has the power to ensure vans are legally compliant, says that excess weight is also number one on its top 5 offences. So what can van operators do to ensure that their… Read more…

New rules will target middle-lane hogs and tailgatersNew driving offence targets middle-lane hogs and tailgaters

Story: Colin Dawson | Posted 5 June 2013

THOSE irritating motorway middle-lane hoggers who hold you up on the way to a job will now risk a £100 fine and three penalty points following the introduction of new rules on careless driving. Poor lane discipline adds to the problem of traffic flow, congestion, and unpredictable journey times, according the Department of Transport, all… Read more…

Eurocrats vote to limit van speedsEurocrats vote to limit van speeds

Story: Colin Dawson | Posted 3 June 2013

  THE top speed of vans could be restricted if new proposals approved by the European Union are accepted by member states. The European Parliament’s Environment Committee recently voted to limit the speed of new vans to 75mph (120kph), with effect from 1 January 2014.  a decrease in speed from 80mph to 70mph will increase… Read more…

Van and trailerTop tips for towing

Story: Peter Witherington | Posted 28 April 2013

IF YOU drive a panel van and tow a trailer, it’s highly likely that you regularly break the law. The rules surrounding the use of trailers are pretty straightforward but it’s amazing how many people don’t seem to understand them. This article breaks the problem down into two areas – the law, and then the… Read more…

Strong support for ban on smoking while drivingStrong support for ban on smoking while driving

Story: Colin Dawson | Posted 17 April 2013

DO you light up behind the wheel and enjoy a drag while driving? Well, apart from the fact that it’s bad for your health, smoking in the ‘workplace’ – which could extend to the van you’re driving – is against the law. And now, a survey by the IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists) has revealed… Read more…