The number of LGVs licensed for use on Great Britain’s roads fell almost 10% between 2007 and 2012, new figures from the DfT have shown. At the end of 2007, there were 510,800 licensed LGVs over 3.5 tonnes GVW but by the end of last year, that had fallen to 460,600. Licensed numbers of goods vehicles have now fallen every year for five years, shows the report, with the biggest drop coming in 2009 – the first full year after […]
Van production at Vauxhall’s Luton and Ellesmere Port plants totalled more than 58,000 units in 2012, making the company the UK’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturer for the 11th year running. Total production at Luton for Vivaro vans was 53,465, with manufacturing at Ellesmere Port contributing 5,373 Astravans to the 58,838 total. In keeping with the decline across the market, production figures at Luton have dropped incrementally in recent years, with Vivaro production in 2012 down by 14,638 units to 68,103 […]
Standards of compliance remain a pressing problem in the light commercial vehicle sector, judging by a recent crackdown on the M4 in which more than 100 fixed penalties were issued for a range of road traffic offences.