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CAP attacks the van makers over security

CAP Motor Research has launched a stinging attack on van and truck manufacturers for failing to fit adequate security devices to their vehicles. It claims the cheapest cars offer drivers substantially superior anti-theft devices to those found on commercial vehicles which means commercial drivers, vehicles and loads are being unnecessarily put at risk.

The criticism echoes a tough message to manufacturers from the police and the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association at its security awards earlier this year (Fleet News February 2).

Tim Wilcock, CAP Red Book editor, said: 'The vast majority of commercials, both heavy and light, lack the standard fitment of an anti-theft device. Some manufacturers do fit some form of security, but according to most operators it is almost useless and just a token offering. Drivers of cars usually have the added protection of airbags and anti-lock braking systems, whereas the lowly van driver thinks himself lucky to have a heater and a radio.'

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