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Home delivery vans' "shocking" safety record

Published to the CV Show website on
04/04/2011

Britain's roads would be much safer if vans at 3.5 tonnes GVW were no longer treated like cars.  "They are small trucks and should be driven, operated and tested accordingly."  So says Commercial Vehicle Engineer, the award-winning online monthly, in a recent edition.  CVE was shocked by the roadworthiness record of 3.5-tonners run by supermarkets on home-delivery work.  Half of them fail MoT tests at the first attempt and more than half got prohibitions in Vosa roadside checks.  One supermarket is accused of putting on-time delivery targets, market share and profit before road safety in its home-delivery van fleet.  "Vosa should pay more attention to home-delivery vehicles and the government should to put 3.5-tonners where they belong, in the HGV testing scheme," says Tim Blakemore, Managing Editor.
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