The term White Van Man is so iconic it was registered with the Trade Marks Registry of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
New analysis by Direct Line for Business revealed that white remains the colour of choice for van drivers representing 57 per cent (1.9 million) of all registered LGVs on British roads.
The term white van man is so iconic it was registered with the Trade Marks Registry under the Trade Marks Act 1994 of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Despite the launch of a range of new colour palettes, white remains the number one choice for van drivers over the last decade. There are now more vans on our roads than ever before, with the number of registered LGVs in Britain increasing by over 700,000 (26 per cent) since 2003 to 3.3 million in 2013.
The biggest rise is in the number of silver coloured vans registered. Just three per cent (75,173) of vans in use in 2003 were silver; now 11 per cent (368,285) are this colour which represents 390 per cent more sliver vans on the road than in 2003.
|White||57 % (1.51 million)||57% (1.87 million)||57% (1.90 million)|
|Silver||3% (75,173)||10% (343,444)||11% (368,285)|
|Blue||14% (367,221)||10% (340,319)||10% (336,456)|
|Red||11% (300,889)||7% (229,335)||7% (226,625)|
|Black||1% (34,808)||5% (157,305)||5% (172,753)|
|Grey||5% (111,671)||4% (125,237)||4% (133,915)|
|Green||5% (133,905)||4% (121,532)||4% (119,383)|
Historically, blue vans were the second most common on British roads but their popularity has dropped from 14 per cent of all vans in 2003 to 10 per cent in 2013. In 2012, silver vans displaced blue vans as the nation’s second favourite choice.
Red has also seen a dramatic decrease from 11 per cent in 2003 to just seven per cent in 2013. In the last 12 months, the analysis by Direct Line for Business showed that the number of registered LGVs in Britain has increased by two per cent from 3.28 million to 3.35 million.
Jazz Gakhal, Head of Direct Line for Business, commented: “White vans have assumed their own place in modern British folklore, transporting the goods and services for businesses across the country. The increase in the number of LGVs purchased in the last 12 months is a healthy sign that small businesses and tradesmen are investing in their enterprises and potentially expanding.”