Monthly Archives: May 2008

Van maker targets global dominance

A Japanese manufacturer is aiming to focus its attention on the light commercial vehicle (LCV) market with an ambitious business plan. Nissan chief executive officer Carlos Ghosn unveiled the firm’s ‘Nissan GT 2012’ mid-term scheme, which includes the target of doubling the revenue generated by LCV sales by 2012. Bosses hope to win customers Read the full article…

Fears expressed over motorcycle testing centres

A motorcycle organisation has expressed fears there will not be enough new examination centres built to deal with a change in motorbike tests. The Motor Cycle Industry Association (MCIA) said it had seen an email from the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) saying just 38 sites have so far been identified, with the agency needing 60. Read the full article…

Sports car gets power upgrade

A world-famous sports car is getting a technical makeover including a boost to its already considerable engine power. Aston Martin’s V8 Vantage is getting a 4.7-litre engine delivering an 11 per cent power increase on previous models. The firm said this will take the model to a zero to 60mph time of 4.7 seconds and Read the full article…

Van insurance checked by police

Police in Gloucestershire have run a high-profile campaign checking the condition and background details of more than 130 vans. Officers used random checks during the two-day operation and seized five vehicles when their paper work was found to not be in order. The Gloustershire Echo reports HM Revenue and Customs officials checked diesel was Read the full article…

Van drivers ‘running out of fuel more’

Van drivers could be losing track of fuel quantities and ending up running out of petrol, the AA has said. The association has noted an increase in the amount of call outs for drivers who have run out of fuel, saying it was 11 per cent above average last week. Bosses at the organisation Read the full article…

Free IT lessons for taxi firm’s workers

Staff at a Taxi firm have been given free IT training as part of the firm’s drive to improve the skills of employees. Workers from all sectors of LTI Vehicles got lessons on how to use PCs and software like Microsoft Word and Excel. The training scheme was funded by the Learning and Skills Council Read the full article…

Van drivers warned on fuel consumption short cut

Van drivers worried about rising fuel prices have been warned by a warranty expert not to cut corners while trying to reduce petrol consumption. Warranty Direct said some drivers could be tempted to avoid using their air conditioning, which can increase fuel use by around ten per cent. The firm warned not using the Read the full article…

Van drivers warned on deer collisions

Commercial vehicle drivers have been warned not to ignore deer warning signs after research revealed accidents involving the animals are most common in May. The AA said incidents involving deer are 25 per cent more common at this time of year, which is when younger animals leave breeding areas. Drivers should also think about more Read the full article…

Courier firms ‘going greener’

Courier firms are paying closer attention to environmental concerns and their vehicle choices, a fleet organisation has suggested. The Association of Car Fleet Operators (ACFO) says rising fuel costs are forcing bosses to think harder about what models employees are given to do the job. The organisation said courier firms could save money by operating Read the full article…