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Chris Wright has been covering the automotive industry nationally and internationally for 30 years. Following spells with consumer titles he became News Editor of Automotive Management (AM), Editor of Automotive International, International Editor for Detroit-based Automotive News, and Editor of Dealer Update. He has also co-authored several FT Management Reports and contributes regularly to Justauto.com

AA Prestige and Herd Hire Partner to deliver fleet maintenance platform

By |2021-05-10T13:31:54+01:00May 10th, 2021|Van News|

Herd Connect offers a comprehensive package including fleet management, consultancy, compliance, servicing and maintenance, and a customer dashboard that offers visibility over the status of fleets. It is designed to reduce the burden of in-house fleet administration whilst providing increased fleet management, ensuring vehicles are health and safety compliant.

Team back from furlough? Don’t forget to check their licence!

By |2021-05-06T09:00:40+01:00May 6th, 2021|Van News|

During the furlough period, many businesses temporarily paused their routine licence checks for absent team members. It’s important to be aware of any driving convictions incurred, affecting their licence, before staff return. Failure to check could result in devastating consequences for a business.

April van sales hit a record high

By |2021-05-05T14:55:08+01:00May 5th, 2021|Van News|

Growth was primarily driven by a sustained increase in larger van acquisition, with vans weighing more than 2.5-3.5 tonnes accounting for 20,037 registrations. So far in 2021, heavy van registrations have almost doubled compared to the same period in 2020, up to 84,374 compared with 42,749 recorded in the first four months of last year. As a result, SMMT’s latest outlook for the sector forecasts that around 369,000 vans will be registered in 2021.

LCV values reach record levels at BCA for fifth consecutive month

By |2021-05-05T08:36:17+01:00May 5th, 2021|Van News|

Sale conversion rates for LCVs improved during March, rising to nearly 80% and with younger, higher grade examples generally selling the first time they are offered.   Buyers are willing to pay a premium for vehicles that are ready to go back to work without the need for bodywork or mechanical repairs.

Ford to start trials of electric Transit

By |2021-05-04T11:17:28+01:00May 4th, 2021|Van News|

Prototype vehicles taking part in the trial include E-Transit van and chassis cab variants with conversions including refrigerated bodies, box vans, dropsides and interior racking. European E-Transit customers will be offered a generous choice of body, length, roof height and Gross Vehicle Mass options from launch, giving 25 possible variants to suit a wide range of businesses.

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