Car Derived Vans

What is a ‘car derived van’?

The definition of a car-derived van is given in the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (c27).

Car derived vans are designed to weigh no more than 2 tonnes when loaded and are based on car designs, or the vehicle is built from a platform which has been designed to be built as a car or a van.

As a general rule, from the outside, these vehicles will look like the size of a car, but on the inside the vehicle will look like and function as a van, because there will be:

  • No rear seats, rear seat belts or mountings.
  • A payload area with floor panel in the rear of the vehicle.
  • No side windows in the rear of the vehicle or if present, side windows will be opaque and fixed (with no means of opening or closing).

If you want to find out more information about the design of your vehicle and whether your van is car derived, you can check your log book and description in the field ‘body type’. This will tell you how the vehicle has been classified by the manufacturer.

If you believe your new vehicle is a car derived van, but is not registered as one, you should contact your dealer. If you bought a second hand vehicle you believe is car derived, but has not been registered as one, you should contact the manufacturer.

Car Derived Van

Dual Purpose Vehicles

A dual purpose vehicle is a vehicle constructed or adapted for the carriage both of passengers and of goods and designed to weigh no more that 2,040kg when unladen, and is either:

  • Constructed or adapted so that the driving power of the engine is, or can be selected to be transmitted to all wheels of the vehicle,


  • permanently fitted with a rigid roof, at least one row of transverse passenger seats to the rear of the driver’s seat and will have side and rear windows – there must also be a minimum ratio between the size of the passenger and stowage areas.