SHOULD there be parking bays to be used exclusively by vans?
LeaseVan.co.uk reckons van drivers need larger parking spaces close to store entrances to help them when loading and unloading their vehicles.
It believes the time is right for van drivers to now be given the same priority afforded to parents with children and other groups of motorists when parking up to do shopping and other activities.
The company said vans represent more than 10% of all vehicles on UK roads, with almost 4 million currently registered in the country.
Yet drivers say they struggle to find a space big enough to accommodate their vehicle when visiting a supermarket or attending a job in a town centre.
Drivers say they are forced to park in standard bays and leave their rear end hanging out, creating a potential hazard to other motorists.
LeaseVan.co.uk said opportunities to park closer to store or facility entrances would significantly help out van owners.
Currently long and wide vans are forced to squash into a standard parking space, potentially obstructing regular car owners who may not be able to fully open their doors or see beyond for potential dangers such as passing pedestrians.
Commercial vehicle owners often run or operate on behalf of local small and medium sized businesses too, which councils may wish to accommodate more comfortably in their town centre car parks and large stores could receive higher value purchases from.
Tim Alcock of LeaseVan.co.uk, said: “Van drivers are the backbone of the British economy and the heartbeat of communities across the country, so we should be doing everything we can to help them.
“Van owners – hardworking tradesmen, women or business owners – experience difficulties when parking up at supermarkets, in town centres, multi-storeys and at other facilities.
“Standard parking spaces aren’t long or wide enough – blocking lines of sight and vehicle doors on either side – and aren’t close enough to entrances for vans that will usually be loading lots of goods.
“Disabled drivers, some electric vehicles, motorcycles and parents popping into shops with their children are all routinely awarded priority parking spaces at present – and rightly so.
“We believe vans should be next in line to receive this simple, low cost but much appreciated benefit in parking facilities up and down the country.”