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Afternoon round-up: Latest NCAP results, MB vans’ swap shop, capital van traffic could increase


Latest Euro NCAP crash test results

Safety authority Euro NCAP has today published the crash test results for eight new cars, all of which achieved a full, five-star rating in their respective classes. Volvo XC60 2017

The Volvo XC60 SUV became the best all-rounder of 2017 so far, with a 98% adult occupant rating, while other five-star models included the Volkswagen Polo supermini and SUVs in the form of the Citroen C3 Aircross, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, Vauxhall Crossland X, Skoda Karoq, Seat Arona and Volkswagen T Roc.

MB vans’ scrappage and swappage schemes

Mercedes-Benz Vans has launched a scrappage and swappage programme that allows buyers to trade in older vehicles for both new and used vans. Mercedes Vito Driving

Owners of pre-EU4 LCVs can receive discounts of between £1,000 and £5,600, excluding VAT, on a new van or an approved used model that meets EU6 emission standards when they trade in their existing model under the scrappage scheme.

The swappage scheme is designed for both retail customers and fleets with up to 24 EU4 and EU5 vans. It offers a deposit contribution between £2,000 and £5,100 on a new EU6 van, again excluding VAT.

“I’m not surprised that most of the headline-grabbing scrappage schemes available to motorists have been received with a degree of scepticism by the media and the general public; it isn’t always financially viable for someone to come out of an aged vehicle straight in to a new van,” said Steve Bridge, managing director at Mercedes-Benz Vans UK.

“This is why we have explored all our options in terms of genuinely supporting customers to be in cleaner, newer models as this doesn’t always mean a new van; we’ve been offering EU6 on some models since 2015. To offer a Scrappage and Swappage programme supports our commitment to having the safest and cleanest vans on the road and underpins our pledge to keep Britain’s businesses moving.”

Early introduction of ULEZ could increase van traffic

The early introduction of the Ultra Low Emissions Zone could lead to an increase in the number of vans operating in London in the short-medium term, according to software specialist FleetCheck. Peter Golding, Fleetcheck managing director, 2017

The organisation claimed that the now confirmed April 2019 start date could see businesses shifting payload away from non-compliant trucks to multiple, compliant LCVs.

“The fact is that trucks are operated on much longer replacement cycles than vans, so fleet operators will probably have much larger numbers of compliant vans than trucks available in 2019,” said managing director, Peter Golding (pictured).

“The £100 charge for using non-compliant trucks is a major disincentive so, it seems to us, the obvious operational solution that fleets will tend to adopt is to transfer loads from non-compliant trucks to compliant vans where possible, leading to more vehicles in the ULEZ.