A Government-backed study is set to investigate the rise of the White Van Man phenomenon.
The last decade has seen a 40% increase in van traffic, with more than three million registered light commercial vehicles (LCV) on the road.
The Commission for Integrated Transport (CfIT) aims to look at the LCV sector, which accounts for around 9% of vehicles on the nation's roads.
Former Freight Transport Association chief executive Richard Turner, who will lead the study explains: "There remains a real lack of knowledge about this sector which is often unloved by motorists, pedestrians and regulators."
The Commission aims to examine the causes of the recent growth in the commercial vans market, as well as the likelihood of further growth in the future.
It will also study the impact on congestion, the environment and road safety, before dealing with the implications for carbon dioxide emissions.
Mr Turner said: "The study will also plug some major gaps in our knowledge of this flexible business tool so that policy makers in both Westminster and Brussels can make informed decisions without harming the vital role that vans play in our economy."
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