RAC Foundation Report Reveals New Van Traffic Trends


A report commissioned by the Royal Automobile Club (RAC) Foundation has revealed some interesting trends about the presence of vans on Britain’s roads as compared to the number of cars, as well as about the types of vans that are in use.

According to the report, the increase in the number of vans grew more than 2.5 times faster than the number of cars; van volume increased by 29% between 2002 and 2012 while car volume rise by only 28.7%. The report indicated that ten percent of vehicles on Britain’s roads are light commercial vehicles, while the number of heavy goods vehicles dropped by 5%.

In trying to determine the reason for the marked shift in numbers, Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, theorized that one of the reasons behind the growth in the number of vans might be the increase in online business. “In 2013 three-quarters of British adults shopped online and we have the highest rate of internet shopping in the EU. Intuitively you would think this has resulted in a big rise in home deliveries and hence van use, but so far no one has crunched the numbers. There is also reason to believe haulers are switching away from larger vehicles because of changing delivery patterns and growing environmental restrictions on HGVs. It could also be that more and more people are running their own businesses and need a van to carry their goods and tools.”

The RAC Foundation’s report predicted that van traffic in Britain will double by 2040.