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News and information from and about the LCV industry in the UK and around the world. Industry articles available at The Van Expert.

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Surge in used van sales in April

Used van sales have surged in April, which shows that the economy is on the road to recovery, according to an online used vehicle supermarket.
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Van market records busiest ever April for registrations

The light commercial vehicle market recorded its busiest ever April as 30,440 new vans were registered, with the number of vans registered in 2021 back to 2019 levels, according to new figures.
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CV Show moves to September date

The organisers of the Commercial Vehicle Show have announced that it has been rescheduled to a later date in the year, following the government’s recent announcement of a roadmap out of lockdown.
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UK van market rises 2% in January

The UK new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market grew by 2% in the first month of the year, with new models and deals driving fleet renewal, according to new figures.

Used van prices rocketed by more than 50% in 2020

Used van prices rose by a record 54% in 2020 and are likely to increase further in 2021, due to an ongoing trend of high demand and low stock for used LCVs.
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UK van market falls by 20% in 2020

Registrations of new LCVs in the UK fell by 20% in 2020 due to coronavirus lockdowns and worries over the UK-EU relationship.

Groupe PSA’s electric LCVs scoop International Van of the Year title

Groupe PSA’s line-up of electric vans – including the Peugeot e-Expert, Citroën e-Dispatch/ë-Jumpy, Opel & Vauxhall Vivaro-e – have been awarded the International Van of the Year Award 2021.
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New van market up 8.8% in November

New light commercial vehicle (LCV) registrations rose 8.8% in November in the UK, the third consecutive monthly increase, which was driven by online deliveries, according to new figures.
Van thefts on the rise

Van crime falls in 2019 but still costs victims thousands

The number of vans stolen and thefts from vans dropped in 2019 – but the average cost of goods stolen is increasing.
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Van registrations set October record

Registrations for new light commercial vehicles (LCVs) in the UK were up 13.3% year-on-year in October, with record numbers registered in the month, latest figures have revealed.
Van thefts on the rise

Theft from vans costing tradespeople £264 million a year

Tool theft from vans costs trade professionals £264 million a year and can put them out of work for 30 days at a time on average.

Dramatic shift to electric power predicted for van operators

A “dramatic shift” to electric power will soon be underway for UK businesses that operate vans, according to new research.
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LCV demand falls in August as buyers wait for new plates

Demand for light commercial vehicles (LCVs) dropped by 16% in the UK in August, as fleet operators wait for the new September plate, new figures have revealed.
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Rise in new van registrations point to post-Covid recovery

The number of new LCVS registered increased by 7% in July, the first monthly year-on-year increase since January, fuelled by pent-up demand from operators after lockdown restrictions have been lifted.

Nissan NV200 UK’s most reliable van, new figures reveal

The UK’s most reliable light commercial vehicle (LCV) is the Nissan NV200, while the Ford Ranger is the most prone to needing repair, according to new research.

Van owners warned to get safety checks as MOT exemption ends

Van owners are being urged to get their vans checked and repaired, as about 1.2 million vans had MOTs postponed during the COVID-19 lockdown exemption.
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Waitrose and John Lewis home delivery vans set to go electric

Customers buying online food from Waitrose or receiving smaller John Lewis deliveries are set to start seeing their shopping arrive in electric vans.
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New van sales show first signs of recovery

June provided another tough month for the light commercial vehicle sector, with registrations down 24.8% compared to the same time in 2019, and sales in the sector were more than 44% down on the first half of last year.
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Ford and Volkswagen finalise plan to develop LCVs together

Ford and Volkswagen have signed an agreement that will see the pair share technology to build three new commercial vehicles.

New van market falls 86% in April due to coronavirus

The UK new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market declined by 86.2% in April as nearly all registrations stopped due to coronavirus lockdowns.
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Drivers urged to give vans a health check to maintain safety

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has urged van drivers who have been handed an MOT extension to give their vans a health check to keep them road legal and safe during the COVID-19 crisis.

New van registrations halve in March as coronavirus makes impact

The new light commercial vehicle market more than halved in March compared to 2019 figures as the effects of the coronavirus pandemic impacted on the sector.
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Call for professional drivers to have two-year eye test as standard

Professional drivers in the transport, passenger transport and logistics sectors should have an eye test every two years, on either a mandatory or voluntary basis, a fleet insurance specialist has said.

Commercial Vehicle Show cancelled

The Commercial Vehicle Show, set to be held on April 26-28 at the NEC in Birmingham, has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Most van drivers risking £200 fine for not using handsfree behind...

Fewer than half of van drivers use handsfree or Bluetooth technology while driving and are continuing to risk a £200 fine and six penalty points for making calls on the go, according to a study.