Requirements for delivery van

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:

Large delivery van (large delivery van, removal van, etc.)

Large delivery vans must meet the following requirements:

Requirements large delivery van

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

Delivery van with a raised roof (estate cars, small delivery vans, etc.)

Delivery vans with raised roofs must meet the following requirements:

Requirements delivery van with a raised roof

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

cargo space (block *)

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

partition

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

Medium-sized delivery van without a raised roof (people carriers, minivans, off-road cars, etc.)

Medium-sized delivery vans without raised roofs must meet the following requirements:

Requirements medium-sized delivery van without a raised roof

lcargo 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

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

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

Pick-ups with a platform, a single cabin and Xtrcab (1.5 cabin)

Pick-ups with a platform, a single cabin and Xtrcab must meet the following requirements:

Requirements pick-up with a platform, a single cabin and Xtrcab

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 requirement

  • 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

Delivery vans with double cabins (closed cargo space or platform)

Delivery vans and pick-ups with double cabins must meet the following requirements:

Requirements delivery van with double cabins

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

*This refers to an imaginary block. The delivery van's cargo space must be able to hold a block of at least the dimensions given. If the cargo space of a delivery van is too small to hold the imaginary block, the cargo space may be adjusted, in which case the adjustments to the length and height must be to at least the block measurements. Adjustments to the width must be to the widest reasonable width. As such, building a 20 cm wide extension on the roof, for example, is not sufficient.

** Any other side windows should be removed and replaced by panels. Those panels must meet the following requirements:

  • They consist out of one piece.
  • They are made of opaque and form-proof material.
  • They are not made of glass.
  • They are where possible attached to the opening where the original side window was located.
  • They are linked in an unbreakable adhesion to the body of the van.

Which means

That you must weld or glue the panels directly to the body of the van with a special bonding adhesive like car glue. You may not place the panels in the existing frame rubbers or attach them to the body with rivets, screws, clips or nuts and bolts. 

For the finish of the welding or glue construction, you may leave (a part of) the window frame. As long as the construction cannot be undone without breaking or cutting it.

Is the loading space not equipped with side windows? Or does it have 1 side window on the right? Then you can fit (tinted) glass panels (with E-label) on the outside of the loading compartment. 

It is not allowed to leave the side windows and fit opaque panels on the inside.

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