Rise of White Van Woman!
Byline: MOTORING WITH LEE GIBSON DRIVETIME
THE stereotype of White Van Man could be under serious threat - from the fairer sex.
It's down to a renaissance where the van has broadened its appeal for both occupational and leisure activities, according to new research from digital marketplace Auto Trader.
It shows that women make up 32 per cent of van owners, according to the study of 2,000 households.
Female applications for a C1 or C1E driving licence, which entitles drivers to operate vehicles weighing between 3,500 and 7,500kg, have increased by 29 per cent over the last three years, suggesting it's not just smaller vans that are seeing more females in the driving seat.
And of the 1.4m households in the UK that own a van, more than a third use the vehicle for activities other than business.