- White van man
"White van man" is a stereotype, a usually
pejorativeterm used in the United Kingdomto describe aggressive, thoughtless drivers of light commercial vehicles. Such vehicles are almost always painted white at the factory — in order to facilitate easy sign-writing on the panelled sides — and as such, the colour is very popular among van buyers. Drivers of un-lettered white vans are often thought of as having poor road manners, cutting off other road users and generally failing to drive safely. The term is therefore used to refer generally to aggressive van driving, extremely fast driving speeds and is not usually specific in its target.
The stereotypical "white van man" is often thought to be a
self-employedor small businessman, often a builder, carpenter or a plumber. His vehicle of choice is the popular Ford Transitlight panel van.
in 1997, sometimes also credited with coining the phrase. [http://www.carpages.co.uk/ford/ford-transit-03-06-05.asp carpages.co.uk - Ford Transit Owners Club] ]
Alastair Stewart, presenter of ITV's "Police, Camera, Action!", in the episode "A Lorry Load of Trouble" (produced in 1997), had a sequence of
footagefrom police forcesin the United Kingdomshowing the problems that "white van man" causes.
Between 2001 and 2003, "The Sun" newspaper used a "white van man" as an alleged representative voice of the people.
An episode of Top Gear featured the White Van Man Challenge.
* [http://philica.com/display_observation.php?observation_id=10 Academic study of white van overtaking habits around cyclists by Dr Ian Walker]
* [http://www.sirc.org/publik/white_van_man.html SIRC report: White Van Man]
* [http://uk.biz.yahoo.com/040906/293/f1zme.html White Van Man Dents Neighbour's House Price]
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