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4 million white van men give the economy a boost

White vans - Number of vans on british roads has topped four million - SantanderCB

The number of vans on British roads has topped four million for the first time, due largely to an online shopping boom, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

Almost six in 10 of the 4,007,331 vans are white. The society said in a report that internet shopping - and the need for more vans to deliver the goods - was providing a significant boost to the economy.

Chief executive Mike Hawes said: 'Commercial vehicles have never been more important to the British economy, transporting vital goods and services using the latest low-emission technology.'

Meanwhile, figures from the Department for Transport show that vehicles travelled on local A roads at an average of 23.6mph during the morning rush hour in the year to September; down from 23.7mph a year earlier.

In London, vehicles reached an average speed of barely 15mph. The number of miles covered by all vehicles across Britain increased by 2.2% to 316.1 billion. Van traffic increased by 6% to a record 46.9 billion miles.

 

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