UK van total tops four million mark

UK van total tops four million mark

No, it's not your imagination, there really are more vans on our roads than ever before.

New figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that just over four million vans are now in use across the UK.

That means the total has grown by 4.3% over the last year, with the SMMT saying the first three months of 2016 saw a 1.2% increase in new van registrations. Last year, meanwhile, saw over 370,000 new vans registered in the UK.

Experts believe the growth is down to the increasing demand for products bought online to be delivered to people's homes.

And it means Britain's fleet of vans is now clocking up a staggering 45 billion miles a year.

The SMMT's chief executive, Mike Hawes, says the fact that van numbers have hit record levels highlights the vital contribution that commercial vehicles make to life in the UK.

Overall, commercial vehicles cover some 61 billion miles a year and carry 3,000 tonnes of goods each minute with the sector annually contributing £11 billion to the economy.

This year's commercial vehicle show at Birmingham's NEC, which continues until April 28, features over 460 exhibitors and is set to see record number of new models being launched.

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