National van fleet hits 4.1m
The Department for Transport (DfT) has published its Van Statistics April 2019-March 2020 report, a survey of van activity within the UK. This is the DfT’s first statistical research into the sector for a decade and the report showed that there were 4.1m vans on the roads during this period, travelling round 55bn miles a year.
The survey demonstrated that 54% of vans were used to carry equipment, tools and materials, 16% were employed in delivery and collection of goods and a further 16% were registered for private, non-business use. More than half of the vans kept by businesses were new (57%), with 35% owned outright and 22% in a hire purchase agreement. Around 82% of private vans were second hand.
More than two thirds of vans travel on rural or local roads regularly, while only 39% of vans regularly use motorways. Perhaps reinforcing the case for electric vans, 51% of those questioned stay within 15 miles of their operating base on a typical day. That said, 96% of the vans registered by the end of 2019 were diesel-powered, with just 0.3% considered to be ultra-low emission.
Around two thirds of van fleets (65%) have less than 10 vans, with 31% having 2-5 LCVs. Only 9% of fleets have more than 100 vans, while 8% have 51-100 on the fleet. Unsurprisingly, those fleets with more than 100 vans were also found to be the most likely to have at least one ultra-low emissions vehicle (31%).