Record Number of Vans on British roads

29 April 2016, 1:04 pm

As the UK’s biggest vehicle exhibition, the Commercial Vehicle Show opens at the NEC in Birmingham this week, new figures reveal the number of vans on UK roads has hit an all time high.

With demand for new vans in the UK at record levels, the Motorparc data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) shows that there are now over four million vans in use on UK roads, which is a 4.3% increase on 2015.

Continued business confidence and ever-growing demand for online deliveries are key reasons for this sustained growth. Vans in the UK now cover approximately 45 billion miles yearly.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive: “Commercial vehicles have never been more important to the British economy, transporting vital goods and services using the latest low emission technology. The CV Show will demonstrate the huge progress that the whole industry continues to make, with a wealth of new products on display from manufacturers, suppliers, aftermarket companies and service providers.”

A record number of new models are due to be launched at the CV Show this year, as manufacturers meet the growing demand for CVs across the UK and Europe. These figures and the number of new vehicles coming into the market highlight the importance of the CV sector which contributes £11 billion to the UK economy annually.

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Trivia – UK van facts from the SMMT:

With all UK vans parked end-to-end, the length would be 28 times the length of the A1,a total of 11,480 miles.

The combined payload volume of all UK vans adds up to 26.2 million cubic metres, the equivalent of 10,483 Olympic swimming pools.

Over half (57%) of UK vans are white, with silver (11%) in second and blue (9%) coming in third.

Simon Joyce, MD, Anchor Vans: “This is an exciting time for the CV industry, both new and used. An increase in new vehicle models and a consistent growth in vehicle registrations means that over the coming years we will see this filter through to the used van market, providing wider choice and lower prices for buyers.”