About Ralph Morton

Ralph Morton is an award-winning journalist. Ralph writes extensively about the car and van leasing industry as well as wider fleet and company car issues. A former editor of What Car?, Ralph is a vastly experienced writer and editor and has been writing about the automotive sector for over 35 years.

TCB Designs van finance deal helps signpost a growing business

By |2018-12-21T10:14:22+00:00December 21st, 2018|Hire purchase, Van Finance, Van News|

A BESPOKE signage firm in Burnley, TCB Designs, has been helped through the van financing process to purchase a new Ford Transit Custom van. The assistance from KeyFinance, a division of leasing brokerage KeyFleet, will help the signage company expand its business. Founder of TCB Designs, Chris Forrest, said the larger van would help the business take on larger jobs [...]

Shine a light! Transit keeps you working when it starts to get dark

By |2018-12-21T08:35:44+00:00December 21st, 2018|Van News|

A powerful, high-mounted LED downlighter for the new 2-tonne Ford Transit allows van operators to work longer during winter days with reduced daylight hours Energy-efficient downlighter can be used to light a workspace behind the Transit, and will switch off automatically if the battery charge is low New Transit on sale in mid-2019 offers enhanced fuel efficiency, increased load-carrying capability, [...]

Are you prepared for London’s ULEZ – because it’s coming next year

By |2018-12-18T16:37:37+00:00December 19th, 2018|ULEZ London, Van Law|

ON April 08, 2019, be prepared if you drive your van into London. Be prepared for the start of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ). The ULEZ is separate to the Congestion Charge which continues in place. However, the ULEZ will replace the current T-charge. It is being introduced one year earlier than originally announced. Why is London introducing a [...]

London Mayor announces van scrappage scheme for ULEZ

By |2018-12-18T13:19:18+00:00December 18th, 2018|ULEZ London, Van News|

GREAT news for London-based trades ahead of the Ultra Low Emission Zone introduction (April, 2019): there's a new scrappage scheme for older, more polluting vans. Announced by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, it's worth £23 million and aimed at supporting businesses with fewer than 10 employees. The London van scrappage scheme is designed to be in place ahead of [...]

Volkswagen Transporter Highline T30 SWB 2.0 TSI 150PS review: is this your ULEZ alternative?

By |2018-12-17T12:56:00+00:00December 17th, 2018|Van Chooser, Van Reviews, Volkswagen|

IF you want a panel van that lifts you above the mundane, gives you the edge for your trade, reflects the values of your business, then often there is only one choice: a Volkswagen Transporter. Smart, dependable, neat. Yes all of those, as well as the Business Van of the Year in 2017. After the Ford Transit and Custom, the [...]

Letter to Jesse Norman MP regarding van VED

By |2018-12-13T13:03:31+00:00December 13th, 2018|Van News, Van Tax|

THIS is a letter written by Business Vans reader Tony Hull to his local MP Jesse Norman (pictured left), who is also Minister of State for Transport. It concerns Vehicle Excise Duty for vans and the apparent inequalities of van VED for Euro 6 vans ------------ Dear Mr Norman, I am a van owner/driver and am writing about, inter alia, [...]

Thinking of an electric van? Head to MK EV Experience Centre to see Volkswagen e-Crafter

By |2018-12-07T09:32:07+00:00December 7th, 2018|Van News|

Check out Volkswagen's electric van at the Milton Keynes EV Experience Centre But do it now: Volkswagen e-Crafter on display from Friday December 07 to Monday December 10 EV Gurus on hand to offer impartial advice on going electric CAN you imagine not having to fill up your van again with diesel? No more queuing up at the pumps. And [...]

New Mitsubishi L200 – tough as you need

By |2018-12-03T10:14:26+00:00December 3rd, 2018|Van News|

DO you want tough for your truck? Of course you do. But you probably want more. You want 'Engineered Beyond Tough'. Quite right too. So step forward the all-new Mitsubishi L200 pick-up truck. From its  Dynamic Shield front design concept to the improved suspension for increased durability, the Mitsubishi L200 is tough all over. The new L200 was recently launched in [...]

Is this how you will make deliveries in the future?

By |2018-12-03T10:11:11+00:00December 3rd, 2018|Van News|

CHECK this out for your future delivery service vehicle: the I.D. BUZZ CARGO, a concept version of the original Bulli that was recently shown at the Los Angeles Show in the US. Not only is the BUZZ CARGO van fully electric, but there's a CARGO e BIKE – an innovative, electric cargo three-wheeler for the city which could be brilliant for that [...]

FedEx goes electric with 1000 delivery vans

By |2018-11-22T06:15:50+00:00November 22nd, 2018|Van News|

IF you've never thought about an electric van - then check this out. The FedEx delivery firm has just ordered 1000 electric vans. These are Chinese electric vans with cargo bay of 675cu ft and a payload of 2720kg. Range is said to be 150 miles on a single charge. The Chanje V8100 electric delivery vehicles will be operated by FedEx [...]

Mercedes launches Black Friday leasing offers on X-Class Storm and Vito

By |2018-11-22T06:06:54+00:00November 22nd, 2018|Contract Hire, Van News|

IF you're looking for a Black Friday leasing offer, then check out Mercedes-Benz Vans. The three-pointed star is releasing a limited number of STORM Edition X 250d 4MATIC pick ups as a Black Friday offer. The X-Class truck features improved specification, plus branded graphics. And Mercedes is also including an exclusive off-road customer driving experience. Which sounds like fun. So [...]

Budget 2018: Van VED to rise in April

By |2018-11-01T10:47:31+00:00November 1st, 2018|Van News, Van Tax|

THE cost of your annual road tax for your van is likely to rise in April 2019. Chancellor Hammond announced in his Budget on Monday (October 29, 2018) that Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) would increase for vans by the Retail Prices Index with effect from April 01, 2019. However, the strange anomaly in the VED for vans is receiving scrutiny. Currently [...]

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