May 16, 2010 19:00 ET

Van Drivers Go Green and Aim to Reduce Carbon Emissions

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - May 16, 2010) - The traditional white van man would happily drive a greener vehicle, according to latest research by Swinton Commercial, but they are concerned about the cost of being more environmentally friendly in their everyday lives.

The van insurance retailer found that while van drivers support innovation in green technologies, they remain dubious about the costs, with 73% saying they would consider buying a more energy efficient vehicle as their next purchase, but 62% saying it would be dependent on the price of green vehicles.

The survey of 2,000 van insurance customers comes as the European Parliament considers introducing mandatory speed limiters for commercial vehicles, in a bid to cut their carbon emissions.

Vans currently account for around 12% of total EU carbon emissions and the European Commission wants to introduce new legislation to reduce this figure. 

Phil Moss, Commercial Vehicle Manager at Swinton, said:"Van drivers want to be socially responsible and are willing to make green investments, but the costs associated are hard to take in the current economic climate".

The survey also revealed the top three environmentally friendly vans currently on the market according to Swinton Commercial customers are:

  1. VW Transporter

  2. Mercedes Sprinter Eco Start

  3. Ford Transit Econetic

About Swinton

  • Swinton Commercial is the dedicated commercial insurance division of the Swinton Group

  • Swinton Commercial was awarded Commercial Lines Broker of the Year 2008 and is a finalist at the British Insurer Awards 2009

  • With 580 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer

  • Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community

  • Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance

  • With a dedicated team of advisors on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates

Contact Information

  • SKV Communications
    Anoushka Done
    0161 838 7770
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    Anna Asamoah
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    Mairead Rodden
    0161 838 7770