Ford Transit Range Wins Five Van Fleet World Awards
The all-new Ford Transit range returned from this year’s Van Fleet World honours- laden with five awards, including the overall Van Manufacturer of the Year for the second successive year.
There were awards for the new Transit Connect, which won both Best New Van and Best Small Van categories, and for Transit Custom, which was judged Best Medium Van and also won the Security Award.
At a special awards ceremony at the Royal Automobile Club in London’s Pall Mall, Van Fleet World Managing Editor John Kendall said, “Not a difficult choice for the judges given the comprehensive renewal of Ford’s van range that is still going on. To date they have all been class-leading to drive, too, which makes Ford a worthy winner.”
Receiving the awards for Ford, Phil Hollins, Director of Fleet Operations, said, “In little over a year the market-leading Ford Transit range has been renewed and expanded to four models, from the new compact Transit Courier and Transit Connect, through Transit Custom to Transit, with its cargo capacity of more than two tonnes. It is a range of commercial vehicles of which Ford is justly proud, and we are delighted to receive this recognition.”
Operators Tackle Insurance Fraud with in-vehicle CCTV
An increasing number of UK commercial fleets are turning to in-vehicle technology for protection against the sharp rise of insurance fraud, according to CCTV vehicle company, Vision Unique Equipment (VUE).
Latest figures from the Association of British Insurers reveal insurance fraud is at a record high, reaching £1.3bn in 2013, with £811million of fraudulent claims attributed to car insurance. ‘Crash for cash’ car insurance scams were identified as the main contributor to a 34% rise on the number of false motoring claims.
Glen Mullins, Managing Director of VUE, said, “There are approximately 3.7million commercial vehicles on UK roads and fraudulent insurance claims are costing British firms thousands of pounds each year, as well as driving up premiums.
“Insurers and fleet owners are increasingly looking to technology to tackle the escalating problem and many insurers now insist on CCTV in the fleets they insure. This has led to unprecedented levels of demand for in-vehicle CCTV, particularly from large commercial fleet owners who are often seen as easy targets for fraud.”
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Car drivers are more likely to be in a collision than their van driving counterparts, new research has shown.
According to a survey from the RAC Foundation, one in 146 cars were involved in a reportable accident in 2012, compared to one in 261 vans.
Out of the 3.3million vans on UK roads in 2012, there were 12,575 accidents. But from the 28.7million cars, there were 197,388 accidents. That meant 0.381% of vans were involved in collisions, compared to 0.687% cars.