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3.5 tonnes

3.5t / 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.


Four-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 tonnes

7.5t / 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.


The load capacity of our vans. We measure this in cubic metres.


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.


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.


Fleet is the term we use describe our range of vans available for hire.

Laden weight

Maximum 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.


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.


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.


A 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.


Multi-purpose vehicle, a type of automobile also known as a minivan (people carrier)

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