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Third of UK van drivers 'now women'

A van driving18/10/12

By Chris Gibbings

Up to a third of van drivers polled in a recent study were females using their vehicles for business.

'White Van Woman' is on the way to replacing 'White Van Man', given the results of the survey from AXA Business Insurance.

As ever more women drive vans, and there is an ever rising degree of professionalism among van drivers, the stereotype of a 'white van man' is quickly being made a thing of the past, said Darrell Sansom, managing director of AXA Business Insurance.

The label was found insulting by around 14 per cent, with 39 per cent believing perceptions linked to the label were accurate.

Mr Sansom attacked the image of commercial van drivers having a bad reputation over the last 10 years.

The study said almost 70 per cent of drivers interviewed had not had a traffic conviction over the last decade even though more than half spent more than 10 hours per week in their vans, and 15 per cent were in their vans for more than 30 hours per week.

Women showed a higher tendency to drive cautiously than men, 73 per cent to 67 per cent, among the drivers who had not received a traffic citation in the last 10 years.

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