Monthly Archives: June 2008

Van sales ‘slowing and driving down prices’

Monday, 30th June, 2008

Another industry expert has confirmed used van sales are slowing, driving down prices and offering commercial drivers the chance to grab a bargain. Analysts at EurotaxGlass’s said non-franchised dealerships report the market has been slumping and added prices may yet still fall lower. Problems with the wider economy and the soaring price of fuel were Read the full article…

Younger drivers warned of unsafe second-hand cars

Friday, 27th June, 2008

Younger drivings shopping for a car are being warned about the risks of dodgy second-hand cars after an investigation. Officials from Trading Standards and Hertfordshire police found five in eight cheap pre-owned cars were unsafe. The RAC said younger drivers were more likely to go for budget vehicles and warned them its own research Read the full article…

Firms using new cameras technology in van insurance claims

Friday, 27th June, 2008

Delivery companies are using a new in-cab camera system which can provide vital evidence following accidents. According to The Times some firms have begun to invest in SmartDrive, which starts recording when a motion sensor detects an impact. The paper reports the device uses a loop system to store up 30 second clips of Read the full article…

RHA and other groups plan to lobby government

Friday, 27th June, 2008

An HGV industry pressure group is joining the fight to persuade the government to help reduce costs for haulage firms. The Road Haulage Association will join other groups in supporting the fuel price regulator amendment to the finance bill. It is also teaming up with other groups to demand an essential user rebate for Read the full article…

Green cars ‘divide consumer opinion’

Thursday, 26th June, 2008

Car buyers are divided over the issue of giving up big cars in favour of smaller green vehicles, research suggests. New eco vehicle firm Liberty Electric Cars has found people are prepared to pay 30 per cent more for a car producing no emissions. The same research found almost half of people do not want Read the full article…

Van hire quote site is launched

Thursday, 26th June, 2008

Commercial driving firms shopping for new vehicles can now find a list of possible candidates on the web thanks to a new site. Suppliers of company cars and vans are signing up to comparecontracthire.com, which says it hopes to help firms save money while the economy weakens. Visitors to the site can enter their Read the full article…

‘More taxis to get own CCTV systems’

Thursday, 26th June, 2008

Taxis in another region are to get CCTV cameras fitted inside their cabs thanks to a council-funded scheme. The Oxford Mail reports £17,000 is being spent to install the devices in 86 cabs across north Oxfordshire in an effort to cut violent attacks against drivers. According to the paper, Cherwell District Council is to Read the full article…

Half of drivers ‘think they would fail second test’

Wednesday, 25th June, 2008

Around half of Britain’s drivers believe they would fail the practical driving test if they had to take it again, a study has shown. Women are less confident than men when it comes to hypothetical resits, while many motorists questioned as part of the poll could not identify some basic road signs. The study by Read the full article…