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Van owners are at risk of receiving heavy fines and even jail time due to the high number of vans on UK roads that are not kept in proper working order.

This warning has come to light thanks to the high rate f light commercial vehicles that are failing MoT tests. Following the latest Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) review 49% of all LCVs taken for testing fail first time!

Head of service and parts at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Trevor Hodgson-Phillips has commented that, "The latest result show us that UK van owners are still risking increased running bills, extended vehicle downtime periods and, potentially, a decrease in the overall resale value of their vehicle by not looking after their van properly."

Mechanic MOT

There are three main causes for MOT failure; lighting and signalling, brakes and suspension and alarmingly over the past three years there has been very little variance in the number of commercial vehicles affected by these easy to fix problems.

Luckily Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles' Van Centres and Authorised Repairers can carry out necessary maintenance following an express visual check that is performed on every LCV bought in for a service.

It is important to make sure that your commercial vehicle is always fit to drive on UK roads, it is equally as important to ensure that your LCVs have the correct van insurance for your vehicle type.