Company Van Today - Issue 7 - Autumn 2018

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* Vansweighing over 7.5 tonnes 30mph 40mph 50mph 60mph (Scotland) *Since 2001, vansweighingmore than 7.5 tonnesmust be fittedwith a speed-limiter to restrict themto56mph Figuratively speaking All the key Company Van numbers at your fingertips SPEED LIMITS VAN VEHICLE EXCISE DUTY RATES 2018/19 VANS REGISTERED SINCE 1 MARCH 2001 Flat rate £250 WITH THE EXCEPTION OF: FUEL REGISTRATION EURO TAX RATE TYPE DATE STANDARD 2016-2017 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? Car-derived van A car that has had the rear seats removed and the windows either removed and replaced with panels, or heavily tinted to keep the load bay private, such as Ford’s Fiesta Van. Payload is normally low, meaning they are better suited to a driver and a few tools or a light load. What does it all mean? Gross vehicle weight The Gross Vehicle Weight is the maximum amount that a commercial vehicle is allowed to weigh when you factor in all of the necessary fluids (diesel etc), the driver and the load. Overloading a van can make it unsafe to drive and is against the law. It is also crucial in determining what is a ‘light commercial vehicle’ and therefore what can be driven on a standard car licence. Standard licence holders can drive anything with up to 3.5-tonne gross vehicle weight, or 4.25-tonnes if it is an electric van. What does it all mean? ULEV grant Since 2011, the Government has offered a financial contribution to those considering buying an electric car or van. In short, if you buy a van that emits less than 75g/km of CO 2 and can travel at least 10 miles without emitting any CO 2 at all, then it is eligible for a 20% contribution, up to a maximum of £8000. Currently, this includes all electric vans, but check van-grants for the latest list. FUEL PRICES DIESEL PETROL October ’18 130.9p (+1.4p on August) 135.1p (+2.8p on August) 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