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Panel Van

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

Paper license

The 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.

Payload

A 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 lift

A 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).

VOSA

Vehicle 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).

Wheelbase

The 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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