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New van registrations hit by semiconductor shortage

  The global shortage in semiconductors is being blamed for a 39.5% decline in the light commercial vehicle (LCV) market in September. Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that 31,535 new vans were registered. However, compared to the pre-pandemic five-year September average, the sector was down 41.8%.  It means the latest figures are the lowest for a September since 2009, when the market was suffering from the recession brought on by the financial crisis. Registrations during the month fell by double digits across all weight classes, except 4x4s, with the number of vans weighing between 2.0-2.5 tonnes seeing the largest decline - 70.1%. Despite comprising the majority of the market...

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Van theft: One in four drivers targeted by thieves

Van theft: One in four drivers targeted by thieves

    A quarter of van drivers (27%) have been targeted by thieves stealing tools from their vehicle in the past 12 months, according to a new study from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.More than half (57%) of drivers of drivers admitted leaving tools in their van overnight, with almost a third not taking extra precautions to protect their kit, such as secondary locks or vehicle trackers.An average of 20,000 cases are reported to police forces across the UK each year, with the estimated cost of replacement tools and equipment standing at £15 million a year, according to a Freedom of Information request...

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5 Reasons for choosing our GATELOCK VAN

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