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First pictures: New Nissan Townstar, Construction firms ‘hugely vulnerable’ on van safety, UK sticker replaces GB display

First pictures: New Nissan Townstar small van

Nissan has revealed the first pictures of its new Townstar small van, which replaces the NV200 and e-NV200 in the brand’s LCV line-up.

Coming with a choice of electric or petrol power, the Townstar is closely related to sister brand Renault’s new Kangoo, and

The electric version has a range figure of 177 miles from its 44kWh battery, which is a 43% improvement over the e-NV200, and a 90kW motor which equates to 122hp. It will be sold alongside a 1.3-liter 130hp petrol Townstar.

Nissan said its new small van, which slots into the range below the Interstar and Primastar, will take two Euro pallets, and a payload of up to 800kg, depending on model.

Nissan has not yet said when the Townstar will go on sale in the UK.

Construction firms ‘hugely vulnerable’ on van safety: National Highways

Van safety has been described by National Highways as the construction sector’s “Achilles heel”, compared with strides made in terms of site and HGV safety.

National Highways badly loaded vanThe organisation has announced a targeted enforcement campaign during October involving police, Driver and Vehicle Services Agency and National Highways, which was formerly known as Highways England, after spot checks earlier this year found a 40% prohibition rate among vans stopped by officers. Insecure loads was the most common issue, with unlicenced drivers, broken lights, tyre failures, fuel leaks and hazardous items all also detected.

“The worrying aspect of these prohibitions is not just the illegality of the vehicles, but that they obviously had not been checked prior to use,” said National Highways head of commercial vehicles Mark Cartwright, who said that the number of drivers expressing ignorance of the law spoke of a broader systematic and management failings.

UK sticker replaces GB display for driving abroad

From today, drivers taking their vehicles abroad must display a new UK sticker rather than the previous GB sticker.

A UK identifier with the Union flag on the number plate is acceptable in most of Europe, although not Spain, Cyprus or Malta, and the GB display on a number plate is no longer adequate. The only exception is Ireland, where no UK sticker is required.