Vehicle classifications can vary widely between manufacturers as there are no industry standards clearly defining the different types of van, truck or special-purpose vehicle.
Today there is also considerable overlap between features in different models – and even those built by the same manufacturer, as modular designs are re-deployed extensively.
Features that have historically differentiated different types of vehicle to describe , and even different models may share features traditionally associated with other types of van or truck.
Our short guide nevertheless explains some of the key differences (and similarities) between the different vehicle categories.
Determining the transportation needs of your business is essential for maximising fuel efficiency and minimising whole-life costs (which are those associated with the acquisition and operation of these light commercial vehicles – as well as ongoing servicing, maintenance and repairs or "SMR").
Most manufacturers produce vans with four, distinct body and wheelbase profiles based on a combination of payload and internal loadspace, in order to meet the diverse needs of companies, trades and alternative end applications.
Special Purpose Trucks
A truck designed with a rear platform that can be raised at an angle to enable the discharge of a load.
Tippers usually feature strong lightweight bodies to enable the transportation and disposal of loose loads.
With collapsible sides, dropside trucks are designed to facilitate loading and unloading of cargoes, and are perfect for transporting bulky objects that cannot easily be accommodated in vans.