Number Of Vans On UK Roads Rises

It seems that more and more people are hitting the UK’s roads in vans, with the Urban Transport Group recently revealing that there has been a 74 per cent increase in the number of vans registered in the country since 1996.

This means there are now 3.8 million such vehicles on the country’s roads and that they account for 15 per cent of all traffic.

But what does this mean for our roads and our cities? The organisation noted that the rising number of vans on our roads presents challenges in terms of traffic management and emissions control.

However, lead board member for the Urban Transport Group on freight Laura Shoaf said that it’s important that local authorities don’t introduce measures that could negatively impact van drivers without exploring what these vehicles are used for and how they contribute to the economy.

“Gaining a better understanding of how and why van traffic is growing, who owns, manages and uses these vehicles and what their journey purpose is, would allow policy makers to better grasp the issues and develop responses,” she asserted.

For those who don’t want to invest in buying their own fleet of vans for their business, there is always the option of arranging commercial van hire in Reading.

Improving air quality is a focus for the government and many local authorities around the UK though, which is why a consultation announced last month that will look at how to encourage van drivers to be greener is worth keeping an eye on.

With van traffic continuing to grow, there’s likely to be even more focus on this in the coming months and years.

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