Round-Up: Police chief fuel payment call, New van market grows, New CVT mag out

Make drivers pay for fuel in advance, says police chief

Fuel Pump

A top police chief has claimed drivers should have to pay for fuel in advance in order to stop thefts as the move could stop motorists from leaving the forecourt without paying.

Chief Constable Simon Cole, of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, claimed petrol companies have made it too easy to run off without paying as they are keen to entice people into the shops.

“The petroleum industry could design out bilking in 30 seconds by making people pay upfront, which is what they do in other countries,” he told the Telegraph. “They don’t, because the walk in their shops is part of their business offer.”

New van market grows in October

Hanover 2018 - Ford Transit

Demand for new vans grew in October with the number of LCVs registered increasing by 14.1% compared with the same month a year ago.

Growth was driven by a rise in the number of vans weighing between 2.5t and 3.5t, which increased by 27.3% to 19,333 units.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said, “While it is positive to see a boost for new vans in October, the growth comes on the back of a turbulent 10 months, with ongoing fluctuations in demand. Although the sector remains strong, we expect this trend to play out over the remainder of the year, as ongoing political uncertainty affects business confidence and hence operator investment.”

New Company Van Today magazine out now

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The latest issue of our quarterly Company Van Today sister title has been published with this issue, and the digital version is also available at www.companyvantoday.co.uk/magazine.

The new issue includes details on the revised Ford Transit, a look at the vans of tomorrow from the Hanover commercial vehicle show, and test drive reviews of the new electric Volkswagen Crafter and Ssangyong’s Musso pick-up.

We also interview Ford’s commercial vehicle boss Nathan Saunders, and look at how to prepare light commercials for the best chance of achieving top values at auction.