Round-Up: VRA calls for service database, Northgate adds e-NV200s to fleet, VW prison van

VRA calls for service history database

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The Vehicle Remarketing Association has called on the automotive industry to introduce a central database stating the service histories of all cars and vans currently registered.

The remarketing body said such a service would work allow prospective buyers to see what work has been done to vehicles in the same way the Government allows people to look up MOT histories online.

The VRA said that missing service histories can have an impact on the value of a car or van easily running to 5% or more.

“Virtually every garage in the country now carefully records all the jobs that it carries out on a vehicle on some form of IT system and, in 2019, many of these use cloud storage,” VRA chair Sam Watkins said.“It would take a limited effort to make this available through some form of central portal that shows work has been carried out. A vehicle’s MOT is available to anyone online on this kind of basis, so why not the service history?”

Northgate adds e-NV200s to fleet


Van rental business Northgate has added 25 Nissan e-NV200 electric vehicles onto its daily rental fleet.

The new vans join its existing fleet of 24 electric and hybrid vans and Northgate said it “continues to work closely with manufacturers to bring new technologies on board as they become available.”

Tim Bailey, fleet director at Northgate Vehicle Hire, said: “We have long provided our customer with bespoke specific electric vehicles to support specific needs or projects. We are delighted to be increasing our fleet of electric vans available on the general rental fleet for a wider range of customers to experience. Our customers are coming under increasing pressure to adopt more environmentally-friendly vehicles and electric vans are often the best choice. They are especially relevant to last mile delivery companies who don’t need to cover large distances but need to operate within city centres.”

VW reveals prisoner van

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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has revealed a new prisoner transport van for police forces, which is based on the Volkswagen Transporter.

The van features a full width rear prison cell with space for two prisoners, while it also features seating for an nofficer to accompany prisoners on journeys and a double latch security system to prevent the rear doors from being opened from the inside.

The cell van has also undergone a “blue light” conversion featuring LED lights, 100-watt siren and full police livery.

“This vehicle offers police forces a practical, reliable and economical solution to prisoner transport and we expect it to be a big hit once it joins the fleet,” said Steven Cowell, technical sales manager at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.