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VAN drivers across the UK are fighting against the stereotypical term "white van man" as the majority of them think he never existed and was just invented by the media.

One of the UK's leading van insurance specialists Gladiator surveyed van drivers on their experiences.

And it found that a third of them think that "white van man" was merely a term created by the media to describe all van drivers.

However, there's a hardcore element of van drivers out there with whom the name has actually stuck and 26 per cent are proud of being a "white van man".

Gladiator spokesman Chris Price said: "This research shows that the majority of van drivers are unhappy being portrayed as a stereotype.

"But knowing van drivers it's not surprising that there are some of them out there who have a rebellious streak and are happy to be called white van man."

The survey also found that just 17 per cent of van drivers actually drive the stereotypical white van man vehicle - the Ford Transit.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 27, 2007
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