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Fright Van Man; HIT THE SKIDS REPORT DELIVERS BLOW TO BUSINESSES Shock figures reveal 2 in 3 stopped on road have faults.

Byline: PHIL LANNING reporters@dailyrecord.co.uk

BRITAIN'S roads are awash with poor levels of safety among van users, according to a shock survey.

Research by the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders has found that White Van Man has become Fright Van Man due to serious mechanical faults.

Two out of three vans stopped by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency have a serious mechanical fault, they found.

They also discovered that half of vans fail the annual MOT test due to a safety defect and nine out of 10 vans were found to be overloaded in roadside checks. The SMMT called for van operators to clean up their act or face billions in extra costs.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: "Britain's 3.2million vans are essential for the smooth running of the economy but their recent safety record is a matter of concern.

"Vans rack up huge distances daily and endure significant wear and tear so regular servicing is essential." Van demand is growing with more than 34,000 registered in March - up almost a quarter.

As vans weigh less than 3.5 tons, they're exempt from the expensive Operator Licensing regime.

The SMMT fear that may change. Hawes said: "We're launching a campaign to promote maintenance so businesses can ensure their vehicles are safe, protecting their drivers and other road users without the need for further fines and regulations."

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Apr 17, 2015
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