SMMT launches safety guidance for van operators following poor safety levels.
Half of LGVs declared unsafe at annual MOT test, while nine in 10 are overloaded.
Failure to service vans properly could result in fines and vehicles taken off roads.
The success of the UK’s booming commercial vehicle sector will be celebrated at this week’s Commercial Vehicle Show, as the latest SMMT figures reveal a record high for van and truck registrations.
Car owners who have enjoyed top-class service from their local garage are being urged to go online to enter them for a national competition that celebrates the country’s best garages. Top performing garages from across each UK regions will be shortlisted for the nationwide Garage of the Year competition which will be awarded in June to the UK’s best car service and repair workshop.
Bus and coach registrations increased for a third consecutive month in March, rising 15%.
Significant growth for both purpose-built buses and coaches, as a result of the March plate change with operators investing in new vehicles.
Purpose-built buses rose 111.2% to 340 units in March, purpose-built coaches 36% to 223 units.
Commercial vehicle market grows 25.3% in March to 67,965 units, due to positive van and truck performance.
Van registrations led by 2.5 – 3.5t vans, up 23.8% to 34,007 in March.
Third consecutive month of increased truck demand sees 41.0% growth so far this year.
Record month with nearly half a million, 492,774, cars registered in March, up 6.0% on last year.
Fleet market continues to drive growth, highlighting confidence of British businesses.
Contribution to economy and job creation from UK automotive underscores need for consistent policies to let the sector flourish.
Automotive component companies are running out of time to secure their place in front of 22 new potential customers.
The second round of applications for SMMT Meet the Buyer, closes on 21 April, and is the last opportunity that suppliers have to be considered by the OEMs and Tier-1s attending this popular business introductions event.
Figures released this week by the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA) show that that the UK commercial vehicle market is continuing to grow at a greater rate than the majority of Europe. While overall registrations in the EU grew 8.0% in the first two months of 2015, many markets were unable to keep pace with British CV demand, which over the same period increased by 21.9%.
Honda has announced that it will invest £200 million into its flagship manufacturing centre in Swindon, making the UK the global production hub for the next generation Civic five-door. The funding will help Honda implement new, advanced production technologies and processes and safeguard thousands of UK jobs.
Three global vehicle manufacturers highlight commitment to UK in six day investment spree.
Honda, Jaguar Land Rover and London Taxi Company each commit to nine-figure investments.
UK car production up by 50% since 2009 to more than 1.5 million units in 2014.