Company Van Today Winter 2020

Van speed limits vary depending on the vehicle’s weight, and even where you drive it. Car-derived vans, or dual-purpose vehicles such as pick-up trucks, are subject to the same limits as standard cars. TYPE OF VEHICLE Built-up areas Single carriageways Dual carriageways Motorways Vans weighing up to 2 tonnes 30mph 60mph 70mph 70mph Vans weighing 2-7.5 tonnes 30mph 50mph 60mph 70mph Vans weighing over 7.5 tonnes 30mph 50mph 60mph 60mph* Vans weighing over 7.5 tonnes 30mph 40mph 50mph 60mph (Scotland) *Since 2001, vansweighing over 7.5 tonnesmust be fittedwith a speed limiter to restrict themto56mph Figuratively speaking All the key Company Van Today numbers at your fingertips SPEED LIMITS VAN VEHICLE EXCISE DUTY RATES 2019/20 VANS REGISTERED SINCE 1 MARCH 2001 Flat rate £260 (12 months) £143 (6 months) WITH THE EXCEPTION OF: FUEL REGISTRATION EURO TAX RATE TYPE DATE STANDARD 2019-2020 DIESEL, PETROL, 1/3/2003 - EURO 4 £140 LPG, CNG 31/12/2006 DIESEL, PETROL, 1/1/2009 - EURO 5 £140 LPG, CNG 31/12/2010 ELECTRIC N/A N/A £0 (EXEMPT) What does it all mean? Euro 6 and Euro VI If you see a van’s emissions labelled as conforming to ‘Euro VI’ standards, it isn’t simply a case of it being written by someone with a fondness for Latin. EuroVI refers to the heavy-duty emissions testing process, while Euro 6 (or Euro6d- TEMP as we are up to now) is the light-duty process. So long as the vehicle has a GVW of 3.5 tonnes or less, it can be driven by a standard licence-holder. What does it all mean? Twin-wheel or twin-axle van A twin-wheel van is not to be confused with a twin-axle version, although the two each have six wheels, with two and the front and four at the rear. As the name suggests, a twin-axle van has two axles at the rear, positioned one in front of the other. The rarer twin-wheel layout, however, has all four wheels on the one axle, with a pair of wheels at each end of the axle. Both are designed to carry more weight and to towmore. A twin-wheel setup might be more common, but it can take up space in the loading bay. What does it all mean? ULEV grant Since 2011, the Government has offered a hefty incentive to those considering buying an electric car or van, in the form of a financial contribution. In short, if you buy a van that can emits less than 75g/km of CO 2 and can travel at least 10 miles without any CO 2 emissions, then it is eligible for a 20% contribution from the Government, up to a maximum of £8000. Currently this includes all electric vans on sale, and the plug-in hybrid Mitsubishi Outlander Commercial, but check van-grants for the latest list. FUEL PRICES DIESEL PETROL January 2020 126.1p (+1.1p on December) 131.6p (+1.0p on December) SOURCE: Note – some car-derived vans, or even combis, are not classed as LCVs in the government’s eyes. Check the V5C document for the European classification. N1 and N2 means it is a van, while M1 or M2 means it is taxed as a car. KNOWLEDGE COMPANY VAN TODAY.CO.UK 23