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Employment Income Manual

Van benefit from tax year 2005 to 2006: definitions - van

Section 115 ITEPA 2003

This definition is carried over from tax years before 2005 to 2006 and remains unchanged in practice.


A van means a mechanically propelled road vehicle that:

  • is a goods vehicle (a vehicle of a construction primarily suited for the conveyance of goods or burden of any description)
  • has a design weight not exceeding 3,500kg
  • is not a motorcycle (essentially, a vehicle with fewer than four wheels).

Note that people are not “goods or burden” so a minibus (for example) is not a van.

There is a summary of whether a vehicle is a car or a van and guidance on the category of vehicle usually known as ‘double cab pick-ups’ (this guidance, originally an interim measure from 2002/03, is now permanent). If you are still not sure whether a particular vehicle is a car or a van, see EIM23160.

Heavy Goods Vehicles

A vehicle whose design weight exceeds 3,500kg is not a van but a heavy goods vehicle. This guidance also applies to tax years before 2005 to 2006 and was formerly at EIM22300.