WHITE Van Man is the workhorse of the economy, experts say.
Nearly 3.5million — one in ten of UK workers — use a van for their job.
They are also responsible for 11 per cent of Britain’s economic output. White van drivers and staff at firms that depend on them also have a combined wage bill of at least £56billion.
According to research by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, there are 4.6million light commercial vehicles on the road.
The society’s chief Mike Hawes hailed them as “workhorses” and “the backbone of British society”.
He went on: “Commercial vehicle downsizing, a rise in self-employment and the boom in online shopping are all factors that have resulted in a record number of vans on our roads.
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“But the van is not merely a vehicle, it is an essential tool to businesses and the millions of workers they employ. Without the van, one in ten workers would not be able to carry out their work.”
Britain is also home to two major LCV manufacturing plants, a thriving conversion and aftermarket sector and a buoyant used and new van market.
The van market is worth around £10billion a year.
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