Pukka Insure launches product aimed at van drivers

Sam White has launched Pukka Insure with the aim of becoming a disruptive force in the commercial vehicle insurance market.

Pukka Insure is targeting van and truck drivers who are having difficulty getting insurance, or have struggled to find competitive online quotes.

Its first product caters to those driving vehicles rated at 3.5-tonnes, but there are plans to cover the full weight range in time.

The new Pukka Insure policy is available through a number of insurance brokers, including Autonet, Van Compare, Wilsons, Bedfords and One Answer.

White told CM: “We’ve just launched Pukka Insure and we are specifically aiming our first policies at drivers who may have had problems in the past and are struggling to get decent quotes. 

“We are confident we're more competitive than other companies in the marketplace, and drivers will be able to get insurance where previously this has been denied to them.”

“We believe that van drivers are underserved and this market has huge potential. We are starting with smaller vehicles but we aim to develop and expand into the bigger commercial vehicle market fairly quickly,” said White, who is the founder of insurance claims management company, Action 365.

She said: “In the way that at Action 365 we’ve turned claims management on its head, I’d like to do the same with insurance.”

White is also promising high levels of customer service. "We'll treat each premium as if it’s our own money and of course, should anyone need to make a claim we have the best expertise and experience to keep loss ratio costs as low as possible.”


Sam White founder of Pukka Insurance

Orwell Truck & Van adds ATF to £1m site relocation

Orwell Truck & Van has opened an authorised testing facility at its £1m site on the Pines Industrial Estate, Exning, Suffolk.


The Mercedes-Benz Newmarket branch, previously a City Link distribution depot, has 2,000m2 of office and workshop space, a van showroom and new and used van displays outside. It offers tachograph calibration services alongside general servicing for all commercial vehicles at its workshop. The site also has a larger stock of parts.


Orwell Truck & Van, founded in 1991, has branches in Ipswich, Colchester and Norwich and has been owned by Imperial Holdings since 2013.  The dealer relocated its Newmarket operation from a site nearby earlier this year. Lee Seager, branch manager at Newmarket, said: “This fantastic new facility has been warmly welcomed by customers and staff alike. It’s a huge improvement and has transformed the way we operate.”