Van sales "boosted by immigration"

An influx of eastern European labourers into the UK has helped boost van sales figures, it has been claimed.

Workers from countries such as Poland and Romania are looking for cheap vehicles and cheap van insurance to get around in their new jobs, according to valuation firm EurotaxGlass's.

Especially popular are used vans, which offer lower prices and are available in enough numbers to meet supply, EurotaxGlass's chief commercial vehicle editor George Alexander has revealed.

"With there now being a vast pool of artisan workers needing a cheap set of wheels to allow them to work, this has proved to be the perfect kick-start for sales of older vans," said Mr Alexander.

"Some significant benefits for our industry have been generated by the economic growth of self-employed sectors that require a low-price transport solution," he added.

Such vehicles are also gaining popularity in eastern Europe itself, with Renault recently reporting that it expects to double the sales of its van models in Bulgaria during 2007.

"We're certainly providing more van insurance than ever," says Performance Direct Managing Director, Damian Collett, "and we’re happy to provide value for money van insurance for those seeking cheap insurance."

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