New Report Dispels “White Van Man” Myth


A new report published by the RAC has revealed that despite overwhelming public belief that van drivers are more likely to get into an accident, government statistics paint a different picture. The RAC Foundation analysis of Department for Transport statistics found that even though 57% of those participating in their survey believe that van drivers are prone to bad driving behavior, and 54% feel that they are more careless than other vehicle type drivers, the actual frequency of van driver accidents was only one in 261, compared to one in 146 for passenger cars. The statistics were based on data from 2012.

The report revealed that the vehicle type whose driver had the highest rate of accidents was found to be bus and coach drivers, with a 4% risk of each vehicle being in an accident, while heavy goods drivers had a 1.5% accident risk.

The report revealed that the number of light commercial vans on the road in the United Kingdom is rising steadily, and has increased 2.5 times faster than the number of cars on the road.

In reviewing the information, RAC Van Insurance spokesman Simon Williams said, “While ‘white van man’ has been used as a generic term for van drivers for years, it now seems to have become very much associated with bad driving too. Our research clearly paints us as a nation of “vanophobes” which seems harsh when you look at the accident statistics and see both van and car drivers have the same statistical chance of being involved in an accident. In fact, you could argue that van drivers are less likely to have an accident as one in 146 car drivers will have an accident compared to one in 261 van drivers.”

“Van drivers – plumbers, builders, plasterers and delivery drivers – are the life-blood of the economy and yet motorists continue to hold this opinion, regardless of their driving experiences. This judgment seems a little unfair, which is why we think it’s time to give van drivers a bit of a break as well as some recognition for their significant contribution to the economy.”

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