Now, we’ve all heard of the issues that car and van manufacturers are facing. LDV Vans for example are really struggling. However, you would think that when a successful courier firm comes knocking on any manufacturer’s door the colour of the requested vehicle wouldn’t be an issue!
However, that is exactly the problem currently faced by Scotland’s Eagle Couriers. They have been told that there is a Europe-wide shortage of red vans.
Jerry Stewart, director, said: “It’s incredible. Here we are, a Scottish success story, business improving thanks to our growing reputation for quick delivery across the UK and we’re stumped for red vans.
What is interesting however, is the research carried out by Daimler Benz a few years ago, which found that white was the safest colour for a vehicle in most lighting conditions.
Another study, carried out in 1995 in Europe found that white fire engines tended to be in less accidents than red ones. Similar results were recorded in the USA.
So, despite the age-old stigma attached to the “white van man” and his own rules of the road, perhaps they are safer in white. And do couriers really even have a choice!?