How Long Do You Have to Drive Before You Can Rent a Van?

It is a common occurrence for newly passed drivers to assess their options regarding what they can drive. Hiring or renting a vehicle is usually a common option to explore. But are the rules different for vans? Can a newly passed driver rent a van immediately?

In this blog, we will answer the question ‘How long do you have to drive before you can rent a van?’

North London Van & Truck Hire Ltd is here to provide solutions for you. With over 30 years of experience under our belts, our services are valued and recognised in North London and beyond. Our expertise is to help you find the right van, for the right job.

Our fleet includes small, medium and large vans, in addition to mini buses, automatic vans, electric vans and more! We also provide the ability to purchase vans.

Is renting/hiring a van the same as leasing a van?

Renting and hiring are essentially the same thing. When it comes to renting/hire, and leasing, although both terminologies are extremely similar, the only difference is the length of time that the van or vehicle is used for.

Rented vehicles often pertain to agreements that are short-term, usually a maximum of six months. Whereas, leasing refers to an agreement that lasts beyond six months.

What is the maximum amount of time I can rent a van?

This is dependent on the provider you select, though it can last for a year or more. North London Van & Truck Hire Ltd provides the benefit of discounts on certain long-term bookings. However, the following factors will affect the length of time you can rent, or in this case, lease a van, regardless of the provider…

  • The availability of the van.
  • The size of the fleet available.
  • Any pre-arranged bookings or MOT/ vehicle checkups.

Can I rent a van for a day?

Yes. Some providers may allow you to rent a van for a day. It generally is a common occurrence, as long as you bring the van back at the designated time, it usually isn’t an issue.

Other providers may have a minimum length of time to rent a van that is longer than one day. This is at their own discretion.

How long do you have to drive before you can rent a van?

How long do you have to drive before you can rent a van?

If you have just passed your driving test and obtained your driving licence, it may not be possible for you to rent a van immediately. This is only reinforced if you are below 25. However, the exceptions are typically in the hands of the hiring company themselves.

Some require you to drive for months, whilst others may require years. It is best to make enquires with various providers to find a deal that is right for you.

In all likelihood, it is uncommon if not rare for hiring companies to rent any vehicle for someone who has just passed their driving test. This is typically due to the fact that the lack of experience creates a higher likelihood for crashes, whether it is a car or a van.

Does the amount of miles you have driven affect if you can rent a van?

Yes and no. Although the length of time you have driven for will impact if you can rent a van or not, it is not analysed by literally looking at the total miles that you have driven over the years.

Once again, different lease providers will have their own policies. For example, North London Van & Truck Hire Ltd requires any of our customers to have held a valid licence for at least 12 months, and free from any serious endorsements. 

Are vans harder to drive than a car?

Not entirely, if you are a new driver, it can be overwhelming if you are driving a car or a van. But for experienced drivers, it would not be more difficult to drive a van over a car. Though the level of handling of a van would be different due to the shape, and weight of the vehicle.

Additionally, you would need to be conscious of the space the vehicle’s body occupies, especially if you are used to driving a small vehicle.

Is it better to drive an electric van or petrol/diesel?

Environmentally speaking, it is generally perceived that electric vehicles are better for the environment as they do not require the continual use of fossil fuels. Although arguments have been made that certain elements of electrical vehicles are obtained through environmentally damaging means, it is a difficult question to definitively answer.

Despite this, North London Van & Truck Hire Ltd endeavours to provide the most environmentally friendly options within our fleet. Alongside electric vans, we also provide regular vans, however, we ensure that all of our fleet are ULEZ compliant.

This means that whichever option you decide to select, you can rest easy, or in this case, drive easy, knowing that you are doing your part in protecting the environment as much as you can.

Where to hire vans in Enfield

With North London Van & Truck Hire Ltd, our hiring process is incredibly efficient and simple. Here is what you need to do.

  1. Head to our website2
  2. Select your pick-up location, followed by return location, pick-up date, pick-up time, drop-off date, and drop-off time. Then press enter.
  3. Select the van you require. (Please note that availability will change as other people are making/have made bookings).
  4. After choosing the van, follow on to the next page, where you can select any add-ons you may require.
  5. After selecting add-ons, follow on to the next page, where you need to enter personal details.
  6. If your details comply with our requirements, we will present a quote, which you can decide to pay, or try another service.
  7. If you are happy with this quote, we arrange a time for you to come to the showroom, view the van, and complete the rental process by verifying the required documentation.

For peace of mind, all the vans we provide for hire are maintained to the best standard. They are checked regularly to ensure there are no issues that would impact you in any way. After each customer has used our vans, we conduct our checks.

Is it cheaper to hire a van in North London?

The cost of van hire will vary purely based on the provider and their prices. Prices can vary due to these key factors…

  • The length of time you plan to hire the van.
  • The size of the van.
  • The fuel type of the van.

There are additional factors that can influence the price of the agreement, but again it is subject to the provider you visit, regardless of which area of London it is based. With that being said, we like to believe our prices are fair, realistic, and competitive.

Enquire for van hire in Enfield today

Enquire for van hire in Enfield today

North London Van & Truck Hire Ltd has over 30 years of experience, which has allowed us to provide a varied fleet of vans suitable for a variety of needs. We encourage you to get in contact with us today to see how we can help you. Below, you can find our opening hours, address, and contact details.

In this blog, we hope to have provided all the answers you require when it comes to answering the question. ‘How long do you have to drive before you can rent a van? While providing supplementary information to help you make an informed choice when it comes to van hire.

Opening Hours:

Mon–Fri: 07:30 am to 05:00 pm

Saturday: 7:30 am to 12:00 pm

Sunday: Closed


North London Van & Truck Hire Ltd,

1320 Mollison Avenue,





020 3031 1097