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White Man Van among the 'safest' drivers in the UK!


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White Man Van among the 'safest' drivers in the UK!

White vans owners or 'white man van' has a stereotype of being selfish and inconsiderate drivers - and even a survey of British motorists by a well-known price comparison site said they were the 'rudest'.

But according to the RAC Foundation this is a myth and, in fact, white van drivers are amongst the safety drivers in the country. The research by the independent motoring charity found that there are more vans on the road now in the UK than ever before.

Indeed, the charity which as it states on its website 'explores the economic, mobility, safety and environmental issues relating to roads and their users', discovered that the number of van drivers had increased by nearly 30 per cent to 3.3 million from 2012 to 2002. That means that one in 10 vehicles are vans - with van traffic expected to double by the year 2040.

This is said to be down to more tradespeople setting up as sole traders or small businesses themselves in the wake of the economic problems affecting the UK since the credit crunch of 2007-08. The construction industry including builders, architects and engineers, accounted for the greatest proportion of vehicle kilometres for both privately-owned vans and company-owned light commercial vehicles (LCVs) by 50 per cent and 30 per cent respectively. 

The RAC Foundation Charity learnt that were 12,575 incidents involving LCVs in 2012 - and this is just 5 per cent of all road traffic incidents with vans making up 14 per cent of traffic. From 2012 to 2002, this further showed that the number of incidents involving LCVs had, in fact, reduced by nearly 30 per cent.

So in a nutshell, with more vans on the road than ever but fewer incidents involving LCVs, it appears 'white man van' does not deserve the 'reckless' and 'nasty' stereotype tag. But if you are still tired of being labelled a 'white van man' then sell my van to Sell Your Jamjar today. We buy any make or model of van regardless of its age, mileage or condition.

Also this month, the Office for Low Emission Vehicles has published figures that show the total number of cars and vans in the UK now exceeds 13,000 for the first time. The research shows that 637 claims have been made through the Plug-In Van Grant Scheme - that subsidises the purchase of eligible cars by 25 per cent of the cost of a vehicle up to a maximum spend of £5,000 - and up to 20 per cent to a maximum of £8,000 for vans.

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