April 01, 2012 19:00 ET

Swinton Vans Urges Delivery Drivers to Be Prudent When Parking

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - April 1, 2012) - Swinton Vans, a leading broker of cheap van insurance, is today warning drivers against the pitfalls of parking up whilst they make a delivery.

Regardless of the length of time that their van is left unattended, drivers are still finding themselves becoming the victims of crime. People who leave engines running and their vans unlocked whilst they're out of their vehicle often fall prey to opportunistic thieves and what some of them don't realise is that they're also invalidating their insurance policy at the same time. Swinton Vans estimates that 30,000 vans are stolen each year because of van drivers leaving the vehicle running.

Another common mistake is to leave valuables on show. Phones, satnavs and tablets are likely to be stolen if they are put down and left where passers-by can see them whilst deliveries are made. The fact that these are often essential for business means it's vital that these items are either hidden or taken out of the vehicle with the owner.

Though delivery drivers are often the victims of crime, there are occasions when they fall on the other side of the law. Parking on double yellow lines or otherwise restricted zones is commonplace for nearly all motorists that are dropping an item off and, although the owner of the vehicle is bound to know that it's illegal, many do not expect to be caught. With delivery drivers often wishing to park as close to the drop-off point as possible, especially when dealing with a heavy or large item, it's essential to check that they aren't breaking any laws as doing so can result in hefty fines.

Phil Moss, Commercial Vehicle Manager at Swinton Van Insurance said, "No matter how little time people think they'll be away from their vehicle, it's always important that they turn off the engine and lock it fully. It's equally as important that all valuables are locked out of sight and that no parking restrictions are violated when the van is left unoccupied."

About Swinton:

  • Swinton Commercial is the dedicated commercial insurance division of the Swinton Group
  • Swinton Commercial was awarded Commercial Lines Broker of the Year 2008 and is a finalist at the British Insurer Awards 2009
  • With 553 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer
  • Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community
  • Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance
  • With a dedicated team of advisors on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates

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