Van sales boom
By: Dave Robbins
09 May 2014
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White van man is all set to take over the highways and byways of the UK. Well not quite. But, as reported by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), van sales are currently at record breaking levels – currently 16% up on same time last year.
This means that currently, one in ten vehicles on UK roads is a van – or if you prefer – a light commercial vehicle (LCV). The Department for Transport (DfT) is forecasting that LCV traffic will almost double between 2010 and 2040.
A study commissioned by the RAC Foundation shows that between 2002 and 2012 the number of LCVs in the UK increased by 29% to 3.3m. Over the same period there was a 5% decrease in the number of Large Goods Vehicles (LGVs).
The study suggests that the increase in LCVs has a lot to do with internet sales. People in the UK are the most enthusiastic internet shoppers in the EU. Recent figures suggest that three quarters of British adults shopped online in 2013, resulting in higher demand for final mile deliveries.
As for the move from LCVs to LGVs, a number of factors come into play. A shortage of LGV drivers, changes in driving legislation and increasing environmental restrictions on LGVs are just a few examples.