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Here at MVTech our primary business is the design and construction of new vehicles for a variety of specialist uses plus the conversion of new vans into a range of individualised uses.  Our product range is extensive with the common denominator being that we concentrate on building unique and specialist vehicles and trailers (cash in transit vehicles and event trailers being a particular speciality), which are, more often than not, one off unique builds (such as individualised camping vans or mobile veterinary surgeries) although we do, just as easily, design and construct fleets too, especially for our cash in transit clients. (more…)

In the good old days, and in this context we’re talking of say 20 years ago, it was necessary to employ a fully trained commercial artist when one of our clients wanted to see a visual for their proposed exhibition trailer or mobile library. Such artists were few and far between, and being somewhat expensive on a full time basis, it was normal practice to find two or three good freelance artists locally, and use their services as and when required.

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For many of us libraries have been and remain a part of our everyday lives.  In fact around 8 million of us are active borrowers, and anyone living in the UK is legally entitled to borrow books free from our libraries.

In 2017-18 there were 3,618 libraries, a figure which includes mobile libraries. Unfortunately these encouraging statistics do hide the fact that the numbers of mobile libraries has been falling over the recent period of “financial austerity” which has seen all of our local authorities forced to re-evaluate all of their services as income falls; and the library services have not been immune to these cuts.

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In January 2016 the Central England Co-operative Society closed its specialist vehicle construction business Leicester Carriage Builders as part of a wide ranging review of its business portfolio.

In the Annual Report of that year the Society expressed their appreciation of those employed and their dedication and service.

Subsequently the Society provided some support and assistance to enable Steve Stones (a former senior manager) to establish Multi Vehicle Technology Ltd as a totally independent and unrelated successor to Leicester Carriage Builders.

With that initial support MVTech has grown from strength to strength and is able to offer not only the original product range but also added further expertise and experience to broaden even further what this new company can offer.  We hope you can  spare a few minutes to look at our website.

We have undertaken projects for many new clients but would welcome hearing from former clients for whom we can offer new builds, conversions, repairs and spare parts for their older LCB vehicles.

Steve Stones
Managing Director
Multi Vehicle Technology Ltd

Well the very simple answer is a combination of the effects of various EU Regulations covering driving licences and drivers hours.  But in fairness this is an over simplification as the move to van conversions and chassis cab vehicle models has brought to light many roadshow benefits too.

But first let’s look at driving licences and what the various licence holders are entitled to.

In theory it should be relatively simple for each of us to know and understand what vehicles we can drive and trailers we can tow, as this is shown on our licences. But this is one of those subjects that tends to be more confusing than, in theory, it is. Perhaps the reason for this is that many drivers look at the categories shown on the back of their licence (which itself is simplified) and can easily make one or two incorrect assumptions. Easily done! (more…)