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Driving, licence, checks, on, lineRental companies will be able to use a mixture of free and paid for services to verify drivers’ details early 2015, the DVLA confirmed yesterday

Story: Robin Roberts | Posted 27 November 2014

THE DVLA is planning to roll-out new ways to check driving licence entitlement and points after the current paper counter-part is dropped next year. The vehicle rental industry in Britain this week expressed concern over how they will check driver’s DVLA history which does not show up on the usual plastic photo-card licence. After Business Vans approached the… Read more…

Europcar, van, rentalThe DVLA has failed its test for withdrawing the paper counterpart to photo card licences, says the rental industry

Story: Robin Roberts | Posted 27 November 2014

HIRERS wanting vans for short term jobs face having to use premium rate DVLA call centre number or private vetting businesses, according to the BVRLA. The counterpart, which has been around since 1998, is being axed next January as part of the government’s drive to reduce red tape and bureaucracy. However, political pressure to speed up… Read more…

Van interiorLeicester, Brighton and Bristol are road rage centres of the UK

Story: Robin Roberts | Posted 26 November 2014

NOW we are saying this only once, van drivers should avoid Leicester, Brighton and Bristol as they are the road rage centres of the UK. An extensive survey of drivers across Britain has branded bad boys – and girls – and says where they are most likely to be in traffic next to you. The… Read more…

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…