Requirements for delivery vans

Delivery vans are subject to certain requirements. Does a delivery van not meet certain requirements? Then it is regarded as a passenger car for purposes of bpm. This situation may arise when delivery vans are converted, for example by placing a seat in the loading compartment. The general and specific requirements that delivery vans must meet are listed below.

General requirements

All delivery vans have to meet the following requirements:

  • The cargo space must have a permanent and even loading floor that covers the entire width and length of the space.
  • No seats may be fitted in the cargo space.

Specific requirements

Specific requirements apply to each type of delivery van as regards the dimensions of the cargo space and the cabin. The following types of delivery vans must meet specific requirements in order to qualify as delivery van:

Requirements large delivery van (for example removal van)

Below you can read which requirements a large delivery van must meet. By a 'block' we mean an imaginary block. You can read more about this in Explanation of 'block'.

Cargo space (block)

  • at least 200 cm in length
  • at least 130 cm high over a width of at least 20 cm and a length of at least 200 cm

Side windows

Permitted in the cargo space.

Partition

Not obligatory.

Additional requirement

When measuring the cargo space, the driver's seat must be as far back as possible according to production standards, in the upright position with the back along the perpendicular.

Requirements delivery van with a raised roof (for example estate car, small delivery van)

Below, you can read which requirements a delivery van with a raised roof must meet. By a 'block' we mean an imaginary block. You can read more about this in Explanation of 'block'. If your van does not meet the requirement for side windows, please read Explanation of 'side windows' to see what you can do.

Cargo space (block)

  • at least 125 cm in length
  • at least 98 cm high over a width of at least 20 cm

Cargo space roof

At least 25 cm higher than the highest part of the door opening for the driver's seat over a width of at least 20 cm.

Side windows

1 side window on the right-hand side of the cargo space is permitted, regardless of its dimensions.

Partition

Immediately behind the driver's seat and at least 30 cm high, over the full width of the cabin.

Requirements medium-sized delivery van without a raised roof (for example people carrier, minivan, off-road car)

Below, you can read the requirements a medium-sized delivery van without a raised roof must meet. You can read more about this in Explanation of 'block'. If your delivery van does not meet the requirement for side windows, please read Explanation of 'side windows' to see what you can do.

Cargo space (block)

  • at least 125 cm in length
  • at least 98 cm high over a width of at least 20 cm and a length of at least 125 cm

Cargo space roof

Less than 25 cm higher than the highest part of the door opening for the driver's seat.

Side windows

1 side window on the right-hand side of the cargo space is permitted, regardless of its dimensions.

Partition

  • immediately behind the driver's seat, over the full height and width of the cabin
  • the partition may have 1 or more fixed windows next to each other with a maximum height of 40 cm and with safety facilities

Requirements pick-up with a platform, a single cabin and Xtra Cab (1.5 cabin)

Platform

At least 125 cm long and 20 cm wide.

Partition

  • is the rear of the cabin, over the full width and height
  • at the most 115 cm behind the hindmost point of the steering wheel
  • the partition may have 1 or more fixed windows next to each other with a maximum height of 40 cm and with safety facilities

Additional requirements

  • no folding or fixed seats may be fitted behind the front row of seats
  • if a platform is covered, the delivery van must meet the requirements for delivery vans with closed cargo space (125 cm l x 98 cm h x 20 cm w)
  • tarpaulins or covering partitions to protect the load are permitted

Requirements delivery van with double cabins (with closed cargo space or platform)

Below, you can read the requirements a delivery delivery van with double cabins must meet. You can read more about this in Explanation of 'block'. If your delivery van does not meet the requirement for side windows, please read Explanation of 'side windows' to see what you can do.

Cabin height

With double cabins, the height of the cabin is the vertical distance between the floor and the roof of the cabin, measured over a width of at least 20 cm (it is not stipulated as to where this measurement is taken).

Cabin

  • only one additional row of seats may be fitted
  • the cabin must be lower than 130 cm. The remaining cargo space must be at least twice as long as the cabin. With delivery vans with double cabins, the length of the cabin is the distance between the hindmost point of the steering wheel and the partition separating the driver's cabin and the cargo space

Partition

  • forms the rear of the cabin, and is fitted immediately behind the back seat
  • situated over the full width and height of the cabin
  • the partition may have 1 or more fixed windows next to each other with a maximum height of 40 cm and with safety facilities

Platform or cargo space

  • at least 150 cm long and, in addition, at least 2/3 of the length which the cargo space would have without the extra seating space. The original cargo space starts at a fictitious partition, placed at a distance of 115 cm behind the hindmost point of the steering wheel
  • at least 40% of the length is situated before the centre of the rear axle
  • the cargo space is at least 130 cm high over a width of at least 20 cm and a length of at least 150 cm

Block (for closed cargo spaces)

At least 130 cm high over a width of at least 20 cm and a length of at least 150 cm.

Side windows

1 side window on the right-hand side of the cargo space is permitted.

Explanation of 'block'

By a 'block' we mean an imaginary block. The cargo space of the delivery van should at least fit a block with the dimensions shown in the table. If the cargo space of a delivery van is too small for this imaginary block, you may adjust the cargo space. For adjustments in length and height, at least the size of the block applies. When making adjustments to the width, you must use the reasonably largest possible width. For example, a 20 cm wide elevation on the roof is not sufficient.

Explanation of 'side windows'

Does the motor vehicle have more side windows than allowed for a delivery van? Then you must remove those side windows and replace them with panels. These panels must meet the following requirements:

  • They consist of one piece.
  • They are made of opaque and dimensionally stable material.
  • They are not made of glass.
  • They are fixed in the opening where the original side window was, wherever possible.
  • They are connected directly to the bodywork in an inseparable way.
    This means that you must weld or glue the panels directly to the bodywork, for example with special bodywork adhesive. You may not place the panels in the existing window rubbers or attach them to the bodywork using, for example, rivets, screws, clips or nuts and bolts. You may leave the window rubber or part of it in place to finish off the weld or glue construction. As long as the construction cannot be undone without breaking or sawing.

Does the cargo space have no side windows or only 1 side window on the right-handside? Then you may fit glass-look panels or panels made of glass with EU safety standards label) on the outside of the cargo space. It is not permitted to leave the existing side windows in place and install opaque panels on the inside.

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