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3.5 tonnes3.5t / 3.5 tonne

The maximum laden (loaded) weight of most larger vans. This includes the weight of the van and the weight of all your stuff. 3.5 tonnes is equal to 3500kg.

All vans up to this weight can be driven with a standard car license.
 
3.5t3.5t / 3.5 tonne

The maximum laden (loaded) weight of most larger vans. This includes the weight of the van and the weight of all your stuff. 3.5 tonnes is equal to 3500kg.

All vans up to this weight can be driven with a standard car license.

 

 
4x4Four-wheel drive, 4WD, or 4x4 (four by four) is a four-wheeled vehicle with a drivetrain that allows all four wheels to receive torque from the engine simultaneously. While many people associate the term with off-road vehicles, powering all four wheels provides better control in normal road cars on many surfaces.
 
7.5 tonnes7.5t / 7.5 tonne

The maximum laden (loaded) weight of the small lorries some rental companies offer. These require Category C1 on your driving license. If you passed your car test before 01/01/1997 you should have this on your licence, but if you have passed since then you will need to take an additional category C1 test to drive vehicles with a maximum laden weight over 3.5 tonnes.
 
7.5t7.5t / 7.5 tonne The maximum laden (loaded) weight of the small lorries some rental companies offer. These require Category C1 on your driving license. If you passed your car test before 01/01/1997 you should have this on your licence, but if you have passed since then you will need to take an additional category C1 test to drive vehicles with a maximum laden weight over 3.5 tonnes.
 
CapacityThe load capacity of our vans. We measure this in cubic metres.
 
Crew

Crew Cab

A van or pickup with a crew cab has two rows of seats. The front row, (including the driver\'s seat and 1 or 2 passenger seats) and a second row, allowing a further two or three passengers to travel in the cab.

 
Dropside

A van or truck with an open load area that has short vertical sides and a vertical tailgate. The side panels are known as dropsides because they can be unfastened and opened outwards - so that they hang down vertically, leaving the load area open.

Dropsides are particularly useful for awkward-shaped, large loads and for transporting building supplies and other such items.

 
FleetFleet is the term we use describe our range of vans available for hire.
 
Laden weightMaximum) Laden weight The weight of a vehicle including its load. The maximum laden weight is the maximum total weight allowed.
 
Light commercial vehicles

Light commercial vehicles (LCV) or category N1 is the formal term in the European Union for goods vehicles with a Gross vehicle mass (GVM) of up to 3.5 tonnes.

Vehicles which qualify in this catergory are pickup trucks and vans both commercially based or passenger car derived.

 
Load Space

The internal space in a van that can be used to carry a cargo.

 
Luton

A Luton body is a style of commercial vehicle body incorporating an enclosed box body extended over the cab. It takes its name from the town of Luton, in Bedfordshire, where the Bedford commercial vehicle plant was located.

The body style is common in medium commercial vehicles such as the Ford Transit, as well as larger vehicles especially those used by household removals companies. More modern examples may be streamlined to reduce wind resistance. Some commercial vehicles have a wind deflector on the cab roof, but this is not a Luton body: the Luton is functional and can be accessed from the main body. The portion of the body that rests over the cab is referred to as the peak, also referred to, in some quarters as a luton.

Many commercial vehicles have tilting cabs. To allow for this the floor of the Luton may be hinged, and there may be a hinged flap at the front.

 
LWB

Long Wheel Base, van with a longer wheel base measurement.

In automobiles, the wheelbase is the horizontal distance between the center of the front wheel, and the center of the rear wheel.

 
maximum gross (loaded)

(Maximum) Laden weight

The weight of a vehicle including its load. The maximum laden weight is the maximum total weight allowed.

 
MinibusesA minibus or minicoach is a passenger carrying motor vehicle that is designed to carry more people than a minivan, but fewer people than a full-size bus. Minibuses have a seating capacity of between 8 and 30 seats. Larger minibuses may be called midibuses or light buses. Minibuses are typically front-engined step entrance vehicles, although low floor minibuses do exist.
 
 
MPVMulti-purpose vehicle, a type of automobile also known as a minivan (people carrier)
 
Panel Van

A \"normal\" Transit-style van, with a panelled body that is similar to a car body.

 
Paper licenseThe paper part of your driving license details the history of your driving license, any penalty points you may have accrued and details of any disqualification periods. As well as your photo card driving license we need the paper part of your license to prove that your are eligible to drive one of our vans.
 
PayloadA vans payload is the maximum weight that the vehicle can carry.
 
Pickup

A car or van-based vehicle with an open rear load area that has fixed vertical sides and an opening tailgate to enclose the load and to allow easy loading and unloading.

 
SWB

Short Wheel Base, van with a short wheel base measurement.

In automobiles, the wheelbase is the horizontal distance between the center of the front wheel, and the center of the rear wheel.

 
Tail liftA tail lift is useful when transporting heavy or bulky items. The tail lift operates on hydraulics and enables you to lower tail at the rear of the van to floor level and raise to the level of the vans load area. Generally, tail lifts are only available on our larger vans.
 
Tailgate

At the rear of a pickup, dropside or tipper van or truck, the load area will be enclosed by a vertical panel. This is the tailgate. Most tailgates are hinged at the bottom to allow them to open outwards and provide flat access to the load area.

On tippers, the tailgates are hinged at the top and can be unfastened at the bottom. This means that when tipping, the tailgate swings away from the load area, allowing the load to slide out underneath the tailgate, onto the ground.

 
Tipper

A tipper is a van or truck with a load area that can be mechanically raised up at an angle to allow the load (usually sand, gravel, etc) to be \"tipped\" out onto the ground behind the vehicle, thus saving it being unloaded by hand.

 
Transmission

The gearing system of our vans (Manual, Automatic or Semi-Automatic).

 
VOSAVehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) is a non-departmental public body in the United Kingdom sponsored by the Department for Transport of the United Kingdom Government. The Agency was created from the merger of the Vehicle Inspectorate (VI) and the Traffic Area Network (TAN). The public are most aware of its activities through its regulation of the MOT vehicle inspection test in Great Britain. VOSA are generally better known by commercial vehicle operators as \"The Ministry\" a throwback to the days of the former Ministry of Transport (MOT).
 
WheelbaseThe wheelbase is the horizontal distance between the center of the front wheel, and the center of the rear wheel.
 
XLWB

Extra Long Wheel Base, van with a longer wheel base measurement.

In automobiles, the wheelbase is the horizontal distance between the center of the front wheel, and the center of the rear wheel.

 


 
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