'Third of van drivers' are women
There is now a chance that the familiar road user White Van Man may actually be White Van Woman.
As many as a third of van drivers interviewed for a survey were females using their vehicles for business purposes, the poll by AXA Business Insurance found.
About 14% of those polled found the White Van Man label outright insulting, while only 39% believed perceptions associated with the tag were accurate.
More than a third of female van drivers found the nickname amusing but only 29% of male ones did.
Nearly 70% of the van drivers interviewed had not had a traffic conviction in the last 10 years, despite over half (51%) spending more than 10 hours per week in their vans, with 15% in their vans for more than 30 hours a week.
Of those who had not received a traffic citation within the past 10 years, women van drivers demonstrated a slightly higher tendency towards cautious driving (73%) than men (67%).
Darrell Sansom, managing director at AXA Business Insurance, said: "Commercial van drivers have been given a pretty bad reputation over the past decade, but the stereotypes around them couldn't be further from the reality.
"What we're finding is that as more and more women are driving vans, coupled with a higher degree of professionalism amongst the van driving community, the stereotypical perception of a 'white van man' is fast becoming a thing of the past."