Used LCV value up 1.7% between May and June

The latest National Association of Motor Auctions (NAMA) light commercial vehicle (LCV) market report shows that the average value of used LCV’s at auction across the board increased 1.7% to £4.677 between May and June.

According to the organisation volumes saw a 6.6% increase, and the average age of LCV’s sold at auction fell from 69.3 to 67.7 months.

The average number of days that LCVs remained on site rose to 15.4 days, and the average mileage decreased from 81,761 to 80,504 miles.

In June, despite the average price achieved for LCVs increasing by £78 (1.7%), this still represented a fall of £162 (-3.3%) over the past 12 months.

There was a sizeable increase in the number of LCVs being wholesaled through the auction system in June.

Growth of 6.6% took the monthly tally to 10,202 units and delivered an increase of 17% over the same month in 2014.

With the exception of the oldest lots, supply improved at all years.

Paul Hill, NAMA Chairman said: “This month’s LCV report delivers plenty of good news for those wholesaling used LCVs to digest, and highlights that the market for used LCVs remains robust.

“In June, average price and overall volume each saw healthy gains with average mileage continuing to fall back.

“These are positives that set the scene once we are through the summer lull, for a strong second half of 2015.”

Hauliers still face stowaway fines despite Calais chaos

The Home Office has confirmed that it will continue to impose fines to the owners and drivers of trucks if they are found to have a stowaway on board, despite the continuing problem with illegal migrants gaining entry to vehicle around Calais ports.

Section 32 of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999 states that the owner, hirer and driver of a vehicle are all liable if found with a clandestine entrant on board, with a penalty of up to £2,000 for each person found, with a maximum fine of £4,000.

Should such a fine be issued, the operator has up to 28 days to appeal to UK Border Force’s Civil Penalty Central Administration Unit. If there is no appeal, then fine will have to be paid within 60 days.

More details can be found in our Transport Law Blog guide.

Vikki Woodfine, associate at lawyers DWF,said that hauliers felt like they were being criminalised for effectively controlling UK borders and were being penalised for doing the right thing and reporting stowaways in vehicles.

She wrote on the firm’s lorrylawyer.com blog: “We hope that the government start to realise that [Border Force] applying a “business as usual” stance to the issuing of civil penalties in this current crisis cannot continue. All that is happening here is that hauliers and drivers that are already vastly under pressure are now being placed under significant financial strain which could well cripple the industry in due course.

“Drivers have a stark choice in Calais: risk their safety and try and remove large numbers of desperate people from their vehicles without the support of the enforcement authorities or risk being fined up to £4,000 per person found in their vehicle, even where drivers approach the authorities themselves!” she said.

“This also poses an incredibly difficult judgement call for employers when asking drivers to “police” their vehicles if you consider obligations under health and safety laws.”

Yesterday the DfT announced measures to relax drivers’ hours rules as a result of the delays associated with cross-Channel illegal migrant activity and Operation Stack in Kent.

A spokesman for the Home Office told Commercialmotor.com that it was still the case that fines were being issued.