The Role of Vans

With over 4 million vans on the UK’s roads, van drivers and operators provide a vital service to the UK economy; their contributions must be valued and their concerns and hopes for the future heard and acted upon.

The Role of Vans


With the growth of vans on UK roads, politicians and policy makers are seeking to impose greater regulation and restrictions on the sector without fully understanding the vital contribution the van sector makes to the UK economy and the benefits it brings to communities across the country. 

In 2019, FTA launched a dedicated Van Policy Working Group to provide a vital platform for the industry with government, regulators and other stakeholders to communicate and debate the issues the market is facing. 

Key priorities for the sector include: 

  • Regulatory issues  

  • Ultra-light logistics  

  • Skills and employment  

  • Rural versus urban deliveries and servicing 

  • Van security  

  • Emissions reduction  


Key facts

  • The majority of vans in use are for the service industries (i.e. tradespeople carrying tools) whilst only one third are for freight purposes (RAC Foundation). 

  • Only three per cent of vans are involved in delivery of parcels. 

  • Van drivers cover 51 billion miles per year. 


What is FTA campaigning for?

FTA has three priorities for The Role of Vans:

  • Standard definition for Ultra Low Emission Vans 

  • Fairer way of funding grid capacity upgrades for depot electrification 

  • Exclude vans from Clean Air Zones 


Policy Manager


Denise Beedell  

Policy Manager - Vans and Urban



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