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Round-Up: FTA renews van offering, Mitie seeks workplace charging change, VW supplies vans to United Plant

FTA renews van offering following Cartwright departure

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The FTA is “giving a renewed focus” to its light commercial vehicle activity following the departure of Mark Cartwright, who has headed its Van Excellence programme since 2012 and recently left the freight transport organisation after 32 years. Executive board member Kevin Green will be heading the van activity, which includes a new policy group including van operator members from across the industry.

Mitie seeks workplace charging change

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Services company Mitie has called for a change in approach to the installation of electric charge points at work premises after encountering difficulties in installing points at leased sites across the UK.

“It should be a permitted development, so there is the assumption that you can do it, with all the right certifications,” fleet and procurement director Simon King told Company Car Today.

“We’re not talking about knocking a huge hole in someone’s wall, we’re talking about putting in a charging point that is going to add value to the premises.”

King said legislation on new property won’t impact the commercial market as much
as the private housing sector, due to its lower churn rate.

“It’s got to be about retro-fit and an assumption of ‘you can do it’,” he concluded.

VW supplies vans to United Plant

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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has delivered four Crafter vans to United Plant, taking its total fleet to 32 Volkswagen vehicles.

Following a successful initiation process, after ordering 28 vans in 2018 including Crafter, Transporter and Caddy vans, United Plant ordered another four Crafter panel vans in 2019 from Volkswagen Van Centre Baillieston, it said.

All of the vans were converted with bespoke solutions to meet their needs, including racking, livery and safety features.

The internal racking conversion were completed by Bott Ltd, which also featured prominent livery and security features and 360-degree live CCTV recording, LED warning light systems and a cycle turning warning alert were fitted by Spillard Safety Systems Ltd.