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Car exhaust tailpipe emissions

Will tough new London emission zone plans affect you?

In a bid to reduce air pollution in the capital, London Mayor Sadiq Khan is hoping to accelerate and expand the creation of a new Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) for London.

What was the plan?

The original plan was for ULEZ to apply to the congestion charging zone from September 2020. All vehicles operating inside this area during congestion charging hours (0700 – 1800, Mon-Fri) would have to meet raised standards.

For diesel vans and cars, the standard would be Euro 6.

What’s being changed?

Mayor Khan is now hoping to get agreement to bring forward the introduction of the ULEZ by one year to 2019.

He’s also hoping to introduce a £10 emissions surcharge on pre-Euro 4 vehicles entering London from 2017. That would generally affect diesel cars and vans registered before 2005.

In a more ambitious move, Mayor Khan is also proposing that from 2020, the ULEZ should be expanded to cover the whole area inside the North and South Circular roads for motorcycles, cars and vans.

Why is this needed?

Car exhaust tailpipe emissionsRecent government health statistics make it clear that this is a serious problem:

  • 443 schools in the capital are in areas where pollution exceeds safe air quality levels.
  • Nearly 10,000 Londoners die from long-term exposure to air pollution every year.
  • The health impacts of air pollution in London are estimated at £3.7bn each year.

It’s clear that something needs to be done, in my view. Simply waiting for natural attrition to eliminate older, more polluting vehicles, may not be enough.

Commenting on the proposals, Mayor Khan said that the current situation is the modern equivalent of the smog problem seen in London in the 1950s:

“It is the 60th anniversary of the Clean Air Act of 1956, which was passed following the great London smogs of the 1950s.  The legislation made a huge difference to life in London and saved countless lives.  British politicians at the time did an amazing thing and responded on the scale that was required.  Today we face another pollution public health emergency in London and now it’s our turn to act for the good of Londoners and for future generations to come.

“Just as in the 1950s, air pollution in London today is literally killing Londoners.  But unlike the smoky pollution of the past, today’s pollution is a hidden killer.”

What’s the problem with cutting pollution?

I’ve discussed the failure of the Euro 5 emissions standard before on this blog.

Euro 6 should provide a significant real-world reduction in NOx emissions, but the number of Euro 6 vans on the road remains very low. Although Euro 6 models have been available from some manufacturers for the last year or so, customers were mostly opting for cheaper Euro 5 alternatives.

If Mayor Khan goes ahead with a plan to expand the ULEZ, then van operators who typically use secondhand vehicles could find themselves unable to buy compliant vans ahead of the 2019 deadline.

This is because the majority of the used van market is supplied by fleet and lease firms, who usually keep their vans for between three and four years. Euro 6 vans have only started selling in volume over the last 6-12 months. This means that relatively few are likely to enter the secondary market before 2019/2020.

For van operators who can’t afford or to buy or lease a new van, operating in London could become difficult.

Mayor Khan is lobbying the government to introduce a diesel scrappage scheme to help address this issue, but comments so far from ministers suggest this is unlikely to be adopted.

It may be that operators will be forced to rely on daily and long-term rental vans to bridge the period between the introduction of the enhanced ULEZ and the widespread availability of used Euro 6 vans.

These proposed changes are currently under consultation. If you’d like more information or want to have your say, visit: www.london.gov.uk/cleanair

Bayfield Vehicle Hire

Jolly Good Shrewsbury and Telford is now Bayfield Vehicle Hire

Bayfield Vehicle HireIf you rent vans (or cars) in the Shrewsbury or Telford areas, then you may have used Jolly Good Vehicle Rentals before.

This company has changed name and is now trading as Bayfield Vehicle Hire.

Nothing else has changed and Bayfield’s staff, phone numbers and bank account details remain the same.

The reason for this post is that you may have heard that the company operating the Wrexham branch of Jolly Good Vehicle Rentals has ceased trading. Bayfield is a seperate company with no connection to the Wrexham firm, so is not affected by this event.

You can find more information about Bayfield Vehicle Hire on our Shrewsbury and Telford pages.

Alternatively contact the Bayfield team directly:

  • Shrewsbury: 01743 770035 / shrewsbury@bayfieldgroup.co.uk
  • Telford: 01952 570057 / telford@bayfieldgroup.co.uk
  • Web (coming soon): bayfieldvehiclehire.co.uk
Moving house with a van

Heading to University? There are still a few vans left!

Moving house with a van

You just can’t get all of this into a car!

The ‘university commute’ is now gathering speed.

Even as I write, many of the UK’s 1.7 million undergraduate students are moving out of their parents’ homes and into university accommodation.

Each year, we see a big surge of demand for rental vans at this time. But availability is limited.

Renters who wait until the last minute to book may be disappointed, or forced to rent a van that’s much bigger or smaller than they want.

If you or your children are heading to university this autumn and you’re planning to hire a van, act now! The big hire companies still have some availability in most areas, but popular vans and locations are selling out fast!

To make sure you don’t miss out, start now. To compare quotes from leading UK van hire companies, click here now.

If you’re not sure where to start, then here are a few suggestions:

Finally, if you’ve got any questions about anything to do with van hire, leave a comment or get in touch and we’ll do our best to help:

Moving house with a van

Heading off to university? Book van hire early and save!

Heavily-loaded van

You just can’t get all of this into a car!

Summer may be a slack time for many businesses, but here at vanrental.co.uk it’s one of the busiest times of the year.

One reason for this is that as we head into September, there’s a sudden rush of people trying to book vans for the long trip back to university.

Official figures show that there are 1.7 million undergraduate students in the UK.

It’s probably fair to assume that well over one million of them will be moving away to start the university year in September.

That’s a seriously big move! Unfortunately some van hire companies may run short of vans on popular weekends.

If you own a car, then you might consider using this instead. But as I’ve explained before, the family car doesn’t really cut it in these situations.

Most cars simply aren’t big enough to contain everything you’ll want to take. Using your car like a van can also cause serious wear and tear. If you or your parents have recently splashed out on a new motor, the last thing you’ll want is for the inside to be scuffed and damaged by student gear.

Hiring a van is the only sensible option. Booking early often gives you access to advance discounts, especially if you pre-pay.

For example, at the time of writing Hertz is offering a discount of up to 15% for customers who pre-pay. We also have an exclusive 10% discount for Sixt Van Rental.

If you’re not sure where to start, then here are a few suggestions:

Finally, if you’ve got any questions about anything to do with van hire, leave a comment or get in touch and we’ll do our best to help:

VanRental.co.uk van

Arnold Clark to open new van rental location in Nottingham

Glasgow-based rental and sales group Arnold Clark will shortly open a new Motorstore branch in Nottingham. The new location will be the firm’s 22nd Motorstore branch and will offer both car and van rental and car sales.

It will be located at:

Nottingham Motorstore
Lenton Industrial Estate
Redfield Road
Nottingham
NG7 2UJ

Recruitment is currently underway — visit the Arnold Clark website for details of vacancies.

Limesquare Vehicle Rental

Limesquare Vehicle Rental heads north with Rotherham branch

Limesquare Vehicle RentalLong-standing vanrental.co.uk advertiser Limesquare Vehicle Rental is aiming to have 15 branches across the UK by 2020.

The firm currently has eight branches, the most recent of which to open is a large new ‘super site’ in Rotherham. Limesquare’s most northerly branch is a large, 11,000 square foot office and light industrial site at which the firm plans to base 500 cars and vans.

The site’s location at Farfield Park, Rotherham is mid-way between the M1 and A1(M). It’s within a short distance of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield. In addition to daily rental services for personal customers, Limesquare offers full corporate hire services from this location.

The address of the branch is: Temple House, 1 Farfield Park, Manvers, Rotherham, S63 5DB. You can contact Limesquare Rotherham directly on 01709 794 090.

Limesquare’s other branches are located at Bracknell, Chertsey, Grantham, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Peterborough and Swindon.

Car ferry

Heading abroad in a hired van? Missing paperwork could prove costly

Car ferry

Anyone driving in mainland Europe is required to carry a vehicle registration document. That’s easy if you are in a vehicle you own, but what if it’s hired or leased?

The hire or lease company which owns the vehicle won’t provide the vehicle registration document. Instead, what should happen is they will issue a VE103 document to the driver of the vehicle. This  contains details of the vehicle taken from the V5, along with the name and address of the hirer.

This is the only acceptable substitute for the V5C, and enables the authorities to verify that the person driving the vehicle has permission to do so.  Photocopies of the V5C or letters of authority are not accepted. 

The penalties and inconvenience resulting from failing to carry a valid VE103 document can be considerable, warns the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA).  Drivers caught without the correct documentation can face long delays which can be time consuming and costly. The consequences will vary according to the country, but a driver may be fined and the vehicle could be impounded.

The BVRLA has been told of drivers being stuck at border control for four days while the VE103 document is sent through to them. There are even examples as close to home as Dublin where drivers have encountered issues following minor parking infringements.

BVRLA Director of Member Services Nora Leggett says:

“Whether it’s because they are not aware of the rules, or they decide to take the risk, there are drivers who travel abroad in a leased vehicle without the correct VE103 documentation. And we aren’t just talking about company cars; there are a significant number of commercial vehicles that leave the UK without a VE103 too.  It is essential that businesses understand their responsibilities and educate drivers to avoid significant disruption.”

What do you need to do? If you are planning to take a hired van abroad, you must arrange this in advance with your hire company. That includes driving into the Republic of Ireland in a vehicle hired in mainland UK.

There will be an additional fee, in return for which the hire company will normally provide you with a VE103B document plus European insurance and breakdown cover. You should also check whether any extra equipment is required, such as reflective yellow (hi viz) vests or breathalysers.

European use is not normally included in hire agreements. Anyone taking a hired vehicle abroad without the agreement of their hire company may also find that they do not have insurance or breakdown cover. 

Europcar van hire

Lincoln Wickes offers hourly van hire this Easter thanks to Europcar

Europcar van hire

Europcar vans will be available for £17 per hour at Wickes in Lincoln this Easter weekend.

Europcar is one of a handful of big hire companies which offer hourly van hire in the UK (another is Hertz).

This service is very popular with customers, but is harder for hire companies to operate profitably — hence its limited availability.

Hourly hire comes into its own for short distance moves in towns and cities.

Picking up large furniture or DIY purchases is a good example. To try and capture some of this market and presumably trial a new service, Europcar is making two VW Crafter vans available at the Lincoln branch of Wickes this Easter weekend.

Europcar’s research shows that nearly 20% of 35-44 year olds have admitted to driving an overloaded car. This is surprisingly easy to do when purchasing DIY supplies, given the weight of quite small items. A standard bags of gravel, sand or cement weighs 25kg. Tiles and paving are also very heavy for their size.

The vans will be available for just £17 per hour, according to Europcar UK boss Ken McCall. Commenting on the Wickes initiative, Mr McCall said:

An overloaded car presents visibility issues and could compromise vehicle handling, not to mention being uncomfortable and probably requiring multiple journeys.

If you are planning a big DIY job or house move this weekend and will be hiring a van, Europcar has also provided the following tips to help make sure that you and your load arrive safely at their destination.

  • Remember to distribute cargo evenly to ensure the van handles correctly
  • Load the largest, heaviest items first such as appliances or furniture and keep them upright
  • Use padding to protect corners or wooden surfaces – this will help you slide heavier items into the van
  • Use spare mattress protectors to cover sofas and mattresses and place them on their sides against the walls of the van to save space
  • Dis-assemble bed frames, tables and desks but making sure you tape the pieces together
  • Roll-up rugs and carpets and tape these at each end and in the middle and place these on the bottom on the van
  • Put heavy boxes at the bottom then stack the lighter boxes on top
  • Slide long items such as floor lamps in along the sides of the van
  • Place odd-shaped items on the top of your load if they are light enough or place them last in the van ensuring that they don’t move around when being transported
  • Pack all items as tightly as you can to prevent anything breaking whilst on the move

If you’re still worried, check out our guides on driving a van for the first time and how to do a DIY removal job.

VanRental.co.uk van

Hiring a van for the first time? 5 essential tips

VanRental.co.uk van

Hiring a van for the first time can be quite daunting. However, you’ll find that in most cases the rules are the same as for hiring a car.

In this post I’ve provided answers for five of our most commonly-asked questions.

However, remember that these are a general guide: each hire company has its own rules, which may be slightly different.

Q: Driving licence & ID requirements

A: You’ll need a valid UK photo card driving licence or an old-style paper licence.

Remember that the paper counterpart to the photo card was abolished on 1 June 2015 and is no longer valid.

To enable the van rental company to check your driving record online you will need to provide an access code from the DVLA. These are available free of charge at www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence. Codes are only valid for 21 days. If you are able to, you should also print out the driver summary page from the website.

Drivers with non-UK licences may need translations or an International Driving Permit. Some restrictions apply for drivers with non-EU driving licences. GOV.UK has more information here.

IDENTIFICATION: Most hire companies will require a proof of address, e.g. a utility bill. If you are visiting the UK you may be asked for details of where you are staying and your planned departure date. Some companies require

Q: Will I need a deposit?

A: You will normally be asked to provide a deposit when you collect your hire van. Most hire companies will ask for a credit or debit card on which they will reserve the deposit amount. This will then be released when you return the vehicle undamaged.

Cash and cheques are not normally acceptable for deposits.

Q: Will the van come with a tank of fuel?

A: Different companies operates different fuel policies. One possibility is that you pay for a tank of fuel up front and can return the van without refilling it.

Other options are that you must return the van with a full tank or with the same amount of fuel it had when you collected it.

Q: Will I get unlimited mileage?

A: Some companies provide unlimited mileage, but some operate daily mileage limits.

It’s important that you ask the company you are hiring the van from as excess mileage payments can be quite high.

Q: What about insurance?

A: Most hire companies provide comprehensive insurance. However, you will still be liable for a substantial insurance excess charge if the vehicle is damaged. This is often more than £500.

To reduce the excess and include additional protection, such as windscreen cover, you must purchase additional insurance. This is often known as Collision Damage Waiver (CDW). Another alternative which may be cheaper is to buy van hire excess insurance from a third-party insurance firm (see here for details).

More questions? Try our Van Hire FAQs page or our Guide To Van Jargon.

We’ve also got guide for MOVING HOUSE and DRIVING A VAN FOR THE FIRST TIME.

Budget Van Rental Citans

Budget Car and Van Rental takes 100 Citan vans for UK hire fleet

Car and van rental giant Avis Budget has bought 100 Mercedes-Benz Citan vans to add to the UK fleet operated under the Budget Car and Van Rental brand.

Budget Van Rental Citans

Budget Car and Van Rental has taken delivery of 100 new Mercedes-Benz Citan vans.

Supplied by Dealer S & B Commercials, all are 109 CDI models and powered by smooth and efficient 90 hp engines that deliver outstanding fuel economy of up to 61.4 mpg (combined cycle), as well as low CO2 emissions of 123-130 g/km.

Avis Budget has opted for the long-bodied version of the Citan, which offers a cargo volume of 3.1m³ together with intelligent load-securing rings for tensioning straps on the load compartment floor to protect the cargo.

Budget Car and Van Rental UK has over 50 years’ experience of providing rental services to value-conscious customers. It is emphasising its “National network – local relationships” offering, with the Citans now available from over 80 locations nationwide on flexible, cost-effective terms, including short- to long-term hires, and numerous options to bespoke the specification so they are fit for purpose.

Alan Olivier-Smith, Head of Commercial Vehicles at Avis Budget Group, stressed the importance of the Mercedes-Benz image:

“Budget is about providing our customers with exceptional value, without compromising style, comfort or safety. The Citan and the Mercedes-Benz brand offer exactly that.

“We have seen a very broad appeal for our van rental service, from small business owners requiring a temporary addition to their existing fleet, to private consumers looking for a convenient and cost-effective option for moving home.

You can find out more about Budget’s van hire service at www.budget.co.uk/vans.