What are vans allowed/not allowed to do?
January 26, 2017 at 10:10 AM
In many ways, driving a van is not too dissimilar from driving a car. You are allowed to do almost all of the things with a van that you can do with a car - though you may need to take additional tests if you want to drive a van that weighs more than 3.5 tonnes or to drive a trailer with your van.
Nevertheless, there are a few things that you cannot do with a van that you can do with a car. Some of the restrictions placed on van driving in the UK may surprise you. As such, it is definitely worthwhile reading the guide below to the things that you cannot do with a van.
Drive without insurance or vehicle tax
This seems like a no-brainer. You cannot drive a car without insurance either, of course. Vans - particularly commercial vans or vans that carry particular types of goods - may need specific insurance packages in order to be fully covered.
Drive as fast as a car
A van will usually need to observe a lower speed limit than a car. A 30 mph speed limit in built-up areas applies for all vehicles (including cars), but vans are only allowed to go a maximum of 50 mph on a single carriageway and 60 mph on a dual carriageway. A speed limit of 70 mph applies on motorways for vans without trailers; if your van is equipped with a trailer you will need to stay below 60 mph on the motorway. If you have a van that is classified as a 'car type van', however, you will be able to drive at 60 mph on a single carriageway and 70 mph on the dual carriageway and the motorway.
Exceed a certain weight limit
Every van has a designated 'design gross weight limit'. This limit is composed of the maximum combined weights of the vehicle itself, the fuel, the driver and passengers and any goods being transported by the van. It is very important to be aware of the design gross weight of your van as exceeding it can make you liable to pay a hefty fine.
Drive without a regular MOT
Once your van reaches its third birthday, you will need to book it in for a full MOT every year.
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