White van drivers should no longer be seen as the bane of the UK's roads, but rather as a new generation of mobile entrepreneurs, according to new research.
Contrary to popular stereotypes, today's van owner is likely to be a health conscious, well educated and well groomed professional, who regularly uses their vehicle as a mobile office, according to Norwich Union Direct Van Insurance.
They are also quite likely to be women, with 35 per cent of the 559 van owners who were questioned being female.
White van men and women own businesses ranging from caters and florists to plumbers and builders.
Nearly a quarter of them have a degree, while 20 per cent have A-levels and 25 per cent have O-levels or GCSEs.