SMMT launches van buyers' guide

The SMMT has launched a van buyers' guide aimed at providing light CV purchasers and drivers with information on how to reduce running costs and CO2 emissions.

Called Right Van Man and produced jointly with the Vehicle Certification Agency and the Department for Transport, the double-sided leaflet is available to download and includes advice on vehicle selection, fuel consumption reduction and driving technique.

The SMMT is also gearing up for a May launch of an online database providing official CO2 and fuel consumption information to support buying decisions on light CVs up to 3.5 tonnes.

As well as selecting vehicle size - small, medium or large van along with pickup and 4x4 - users will be able to refine their searches by fuel type, transmission, GVW, vehicle length, make and model.

Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive, says: "It is widely recognised that the environmental impact of a vehicle is affected by its use and the way it is driven, so the advice in the guide helps to make van buyers more aware of what to consider when choosing a particular model."

M20 truck park plans hit by delay

Kent County Council (KCC) has admitted that plans for a truck park next to the M20 are unlikely to be submitted before the summer.

The council had hoped to have the plans ready by the spring, but a spokesman says that carrying out the necessary environmental surveys is taking longer than anticipated.

While the Aldington site, just off the M20 and next to the high-speed railway line, was identified in March 2008, no formal plans have yet been submitted.

A KCC spokesman says: "We are still very much committed to this plan and hope to have it ready to submit to planning in the summer."