December 06, 2009 19:00 ET

White Van Man Turns Green

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 7, 2009) - Van drivers would happily turn to greener fuels, according to figures released today.

A survey of 2,000 customers by Swinton Vans, one of the UK's leading providers of van insurance, found that 87% would turn to more environmentally friendly fuel if the price was right.

The research also found that 73% would consider buying a more energy efficient vehicle as they're next purchase, but again, this would be dependent on the price of the vehicle and how much it would cost to run.

When asked what the main reasons would be for not using an environmentally friendly vehicle the main issue would be cost (64%) and don't know enough about them (13%).

The most popular environmentally friendly features amongst van drivers were:

1. Bio fuel

2. More fuel-efficient engines

3. Low CO2 emitting engines

Phil Moss, Commercial Vehicle Manager at Swinton, said: "With van drivers spending so much time on the roads, it is quite understandable that cost plays an important factor when choosing a vehicle - whether it's the initial price or long-term running cost.

"However, it positive to see that so many commercial vehicle drivers are open to the idea of moving towards more environmentally friendly vehicles and fuels."

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

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