IAM RoadSmart has discovered that the myth of ‘white van man’ recklessly tearing his way up and down the country may be just an urban myth after all. In spite of vans being the fastest growing type of vehicle on UK roads, in terms of miles travelled, serious and fatal crashes involving them are falling. Vans and light good vehicles now travel 49 billion miles a year on our roads, according to the most recent figures from 2016.
"Compared to a decade ago, vans now travel 10 billion miles more a year than they used to, an increase of 22% - largely fuelled by internet shopping and the popularity of ‘next day delivery’ options" - Department for Transport
"In the last 10 years, crashes involving vans have fallen from 15,593 in 2006 to 13,125 in 2016, with fatalities reducing from 274 to 186 in the same year" - Department for Transport
"Over a third (37%) of LCVs (light commercial vehicles) on Britain’s roads are less than five years old compared to just 5% of all of Britain’s cars – meaning they are far more likely to contain the latest in crash protection and active and passive safety features" - SMMT
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