Dan Gilkes

Dan has been a commercial vehicle and construction equipment journalist for almost 30 years.

Dan has been a commercial vehicle and construction equipment journalist for almost 30 years. An automotive engineer and former fleet manager, he has driven almost every van, pickup and truck that has been launched in Europe over that time. As editor of VFW, his aim is to keep readers up to date with the latest developments in the light commercial world.

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  • Best Daily Van Rental: Ogilvie Fleet

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    Best Daily Van Rental: Ogilvie Fleet

    Judging comment: “With a significant increase in rental days over the last few years, Ogilvie Fleet launched Ogilvie Rental in 2017, accompanied by a dedicated website. The site provides access to more than 120,000 commercial vehicles at more than 2,000 locations, with vehicles available within a two-hour time frame if required. The Ogilvie Rental team […]

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  • Editors’ award: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter technology

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    Editors’ award: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter technology

    Judging comment: “We have yet to drive the third generation Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, so can’t judge it in this year’s awards. However, we have had an in-depth look at the technology both inside and surrounding this important new van. Mercedes-Benz really is taking a new approach to Sprinter, offering customers a massive range of solutions, to […]

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  • Best Van Fleet Management: Alphabet (GB) Smartsheet Build & Conversion Management

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    Best Van Fleet Management: Alphabet (GB) Smartsheet Build & Conversion Management

    Judging comment: “Specifying standard vans can be hard enough, but overseeing complex conversions, involving several parties, requires a far higher level of transparency and a joined-up approach. Alphabet has created a commercial vehicle build and conversion tool based on Smartsheet, that provides vehicle arrival dates from OEM to converter, build start and completion dates and […]

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  • Best Van Innovation: CoolKit Refrigerated Box Body

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    Best Van Innovation: CoolKit Refrigerated Box Body

    Judging comment: “For many temperature-controlled van users, payload is king. CoolKit carried out an evaluation of different body structures within the food delivery market and found new methods of construction, with new materials that have saved up to 150kg of load capacity. CoolKit has used honeycomb section, with high density blown PET and sheet-textured GRP […]

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  • Best Service, Maintenance & Repair: BT Fleet Solutions

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    Best Service, Maintenance & Repair: BT Fleet Solutions

    Judging comment: “BT Fleet Solutions invested more than £1.6m in its SMR offer last year. It extended its working hours, tripled its repair network, introduced mobile technicians and brought further digitisation to improve efficiency. In turn, the company has halved lead times, cut downtime for vehicles and recorded impressive improvements in customer satisfaction.”For the full […]

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  • Best Lease Provider: Arval

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    Best Lease Provider: Arval

    Judging comment: “Arval has been working to reduce downtime for its LCV customers by looking at every step of the vehicle life cycle. This covers initial vehicle requirements, sourcing the right van at the right time. It also includes complete in-life support, downtime management and a flexible return process. Arval has combined several products including […]

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