Van drivers could soon be allowed to use bus and taxi lanes under new proposals aimed at helping tradesmen reach urgent jobs.
Giving way to vans at junctions and pulling over to let vans overtake more easily are amongst the proposed new rules, leading to the term ‘Van Lanes’.
LeaseVan.co.uk say van drivers should be given priority on our roads, as they are often on their way to a job and therefore delays impact the UK economy.
In a letter to transport secretary Chris Grayling MP, a spokesman for LeaseVan.co.uk said: “Britain’s army of van drivers are the life blood of the UK economy.
“Without their tireless actions Great Britain would grind to a halt. Yet these essential professions are penalised every day by having to share roads with leisure drivers, commuters and parents on school runs.
“Van drivers are forced to look on powerless at empty bus and taxi lanes while they edge along in rush hour traffic.
“Often these tradesmen and women will be on their way to an urgent job – perhaps someone’s home is flooded, a wall has toppled over or an electricity supply has failed. It makes little difference, the van driver is still at the mercy of the road network.
“Buses and taxis have priority lanes why not van drivers too? It makes common sense to utilise these lanes for van drivers and it will ease traffic congestion for car drivers too.”