January 23, 2019

Hitched: towing a trailer

Mastering the art of towing a trailer is one thing. But first of all, operators need to understand the complex laws that govern it. Dan Gilkes unpicks them.

Three’s company

PSA Group’s latest van comes to the market in three guises from its Vauxhall, Citroën and Peugeot brands. Dan Gilkes looks at what’s on offer.

Smart about charging

Dan Gilkes looks at a system that aims to streamline – and optimise – charging infrastructures for fleets of electric vans.

IAA review: Show sets its sights on the future

This year’s IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover highlighted the industry-wide search for an alternative to diesel, despite the fact that many in the logistics and delivery business recognise that the fuel will be the mainstay of the truck and van business for many years to come.

Drive electric – and keep cool

Refrigeration specialist Paneltex is working in a corsortium of companies tackling the challenge of refrigerated e-vans. Dan Gilkes reports.

The Selector: Conversions

Buying a panel van can be a complex business, finding the right wheelbase, roof height and load volume for your individual application, that can haul the payload that you need to move. Move into the world of the chassis cab, with the vast range of conversions and bodies available from a variety of suppliers and […]

CV Show – and the public – celebrate commercial vehicles

While official figures have not yet been released, around 21,000 people were expected to attend the CV Show 2018, held last month at the NEC, Birmingham. Now in its 19th year, some 460 companies exhibited.


The conversions market is getting more streamlined thanks to schemes that make buying – and owning – easier for customers. VW recently lined up a selection of the range offered through its dealers. Dan Gilkes sizes it up.

My van: Jennifer Logan and her Mitsubishi L200

What do you do? I am a cake designer and owner of Stella Pumpkin Cake Design, based in Livingston, central Scotland. What do you use your van for? We use the L200 (a series 5 Barbarian) for larger deliveries, mainly wedding cakes, or off-site cupcake parties where a lot of equipment is required to be […]

My van: Abi Pennick and her Piaggio Ape 50

What do you do? I recently set up my own portable prosecco business – The Fizzical Co – inspired by the growing demand for refreshments at weddings and parties. What do you use your van for?  To sell prosecco! There is a real buzz around prosecco and it has become a hugely popular celebratory drink, […]