What Is The Minimum Age for Hiring a Van UK?

People become eligible to drive a vehicle at the age of 17 in the UK. But interestingly, there are different rules when it comes to hiring vehicles, this includes vans.

In this blog, we will answer the question ‘What is the minimum age for hiring a van in the UK?’

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!

Do I need to provide anything when hiring a van?

Yes. When it comes to North London Van & Truck Hire Ltd, we require the following information when it comes to hiring one of our vans…

  • Driving Licence — Must be held for at least 12 months, with no serious endorsements.
  • Proof Of Address (Utility Bill, Bank Statement).
  • Credit or Debit Card
  • DVLA Check Code (of the driver)

Once you provide this information, you will be eligible to hire one of our vans, as long as your information is legitimate.

Is there a downside to hiring a van?

Not at all. Our vans are regularly maintained to ensure they work with no issues at all. If you have never driven a van before, then you may experience difficulties when adapting to driving the van.

Vans have a unique shape, and are generally larger than your average vehicle. It can take time to get used to driving a van, especially if you are a new driver. However, caution is the best way to navigate this challenge. Just make sure you abide by the speed limit, and be more conscious of the space you are navigating.

What is the minimum age for hiring a van in the UK?

What is the minimum age for hiring a van in the UK?

North London Van & Truck Hire Ltd have a policy of our vans being eligible to hire from those 25 years old and above. However, in some instances, we allow for people between the ages of 21 and 24 to hire from us, though this will come at an additional cost.

Although it may seem unfair, age is one of many factors that can alter the price of hiring a van, and even getting insurance. This is because younger drivers are perceived to be less experienced and more prone to accidents on the road.

This is actually reinforced by government statistics, in which drivers aged between 17-24 have the second-highest casualty rate. This declines and stays relatively low, only to shoot back up again for the highest victims of road casualties, which are drivers aged 86 and over.  (As of 2021.)

Can elderly people hire a van in the UK?

Yes, elderly people can hire a van in the UK, but any reputable hiring company will ensure that any driver of advanced age is not a hazard to himself or others when driving a van. This should be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

What is the alternative for those who can’t hire a van?

If your van is to transport items, the best option is to call a service which will move your items for you. If your van is a 9-seater to travel with people, using a service that provides its own driver would be the most appropriate option.

Who else can’t hire a van?

If the following factors apply, there is a high likelihood they will not be able to hire a van from a van hiring service.

  • Being below the age of 21
  • Have reached a level of cognitive impairment due to old age.
  • People with certain physical impairments, unless there is a van that accommodates for that impairment.
  • Those with a driving history that compromises their eligibility to drive a van.
  • Any potential customer who is rude or threatening to staff.
  • Anyone with a criminal history that compromises their eligibility to drive a hired van (E.g vehicle theft).
  • Having no driving licence
  • Having an expired driving licence

Is it cheaper to hire a car or van?

Is it cheaper to hire a car or van?

This is not a straightforward answer, as there are too many factors that can change the prices. This includes…

  • The standard prices of the hiring company.
  • The specification of the car
  • The size of the car
  • The make of the car (Sports or exotic/premium cars going for a higher price).
  • The duration of the hiring period.
  • The driver of the car and their age.
  • The time of year the car is being hired (However, this may not be a factor amongst some hiring companies).
  • The fuel consumption type of the car. (Petrol, electric or hybrid).

Do I have to hire a van to drive one?

No. If you know somebody with a van, and you have comprehensive cover, and the van is covered by an insurance policy, along with you having permission, you can drive it. The problem with this, however, is the upkeep of the vehicle.

Yes, you can drive someone else’s vehicle as long as you have permission and the relative insurance policies, but if the vehicle is poorly maintained, or has performance issues, you are putting yourself and other road users at risk.

If the vehicle is overdue a MOT or service, being caught whilst not having these could lead to points on your licence and further issues down the line depending on the severity of the situation you are stopped in.

This is why hiring a van is better than driving someone else’s vehicle, as there is a guarantee that the van is going to be maintained to the best possible standard (unless the hiring company is not professional).

What is the process of hiring a van?

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 website
  1. 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.
  1. Select the van you require. (Please note that availability will change as other people are making/have made bookings).
  1. After choosing the van, follow on to the next page, where you can select any add-ons you may require.
  1. After selecting add-ons, follow on to the next page, where you need to enter personal details.
  1. If your personal details comply with our requirements, we will present a quote.
  1. 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.

Can I hire a van over the phone?

We endeavour to make our services accessible to anyone who needs them. We tackle every enquiry on a case-by-case basis. So with that in mind, we will try our best to provide you with an accurate quote. Please bear in mind that the booking process over the phone can be lengthier than through using our website.

Enquire about van hire today

Enquire about van hire 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 ‘What is the minimum age for hiring a van in the UK?’ Whilst providing supplementary information to help you make an informed choice when it comes to van hire.

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Saturday: 7:30 am to 12:00 pm

Sunday: Closed


North London Van & Truck Hire Ltd,

1320 Mollison Avenue,





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