Car Derived Vans
What is a ‘car derived van’?
A car-derived van is exactly what it sounds like: a van that’s based on a regular passenger car, and usually a small one. As such, they are generally the smallest type of light commercial vehicle (LCV) you can buy.
On this page you’ll find more information about the definition of a car-derived van – also known as a CDV – and information about speed limits and safe driving of CDVs.
What’s the definition of a car-derived van?
Schedule 6 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 describes a car derived van as a goods vehicle which is constructed or adapted as a derivative of a passenger vehicle and which has a maximum laden weight not exceeding 2 tonnes.’ 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.
What makes a Car Derived Van?
- designed to weigh no more than 2 tonnes when loaded fully
- based on car designs or the vehicle is built from a platform which has been designed and developed to be built as a car or a van by the same manufacturer
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
- there will be a payload area with floor panel in the rear of the vehicle
- there will be 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 your van is a CDV, it will be recorded as such under ‘body type’ on the vehicle’s registration document (V5C). If there is any other entry under ‘body type’ the vehicle is not registered as a car derived van and will be subject to speeds lower than the national limits.
Car derived vans are the only light commercial (goods) vehicles which are subject to the same speed limits as a car. All other light commercial (goods) vehicles, including small vans, are restricted to maximum speed limits applicable to goods vehicles not exceeding 7.5 tonnes maximum laden weight:
- 50mph on single carriageways
- 60mph on dual carriageways
- 70mph on motorways
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.