Van rental has got plenty of people out of some rather sticky situations.

The most common reason people hire vans is for house moves. If you decide to go with a DIY approach, attempting to stuff your worldly belongings into a car will result in countless return trips and damaged upholstery and possessions.

Hire vans also play crucial roles for businesses who need larger transportation options on an ad-hoc basis. Whether it’s an exhibition, product launch, or some other large event, a van hire ensures everything reaches the venue safely and in one trip.

But what can’t you use a rental van for?

This a list of the most common van rental requirements which are a no-go, just in case you’ve got them bubbling away in your head.


Long-term courier services

If you need to do a brief bit of couriering (say, over the course of a weekend), that’s generally fine from a van hire standpoint. But if you plan on heading wholeheartedly into that line of work, you’re best off sourcing your own van.


Livestock transportation

The vans provided by most hire companies aren’t fit for livestock transportation.

This is because they rarely offer any form of ventilation and simply aren’t built for the task of transporting animals. If that’s what you need to do, you’ll need a specialist vehicle that’s fit and insured for the task.


Transporting people in the back

Sure, the rest of the band need to make it to the venue with the kit, but that doesn’t mean you can simply throw them in the back alongside your Marshall amps and guitar cases.

Transporting people in the back of a van is always a no-no. The rear of the van is for goods only – not humans!


Travelling abroad without the relevant documentation

You can take hire vans abroad if you need to, but you can’t do it without the right documentation.

This is particularly significant during the Brexit transition period. There are plenty of rules which are changing at the moment, therefore if you need to head abroad in a hire van, you need to undertake some thorough research about what’s needed, red tape-wise.


Tip visits

Take a hire van to the tip and you’re likely to be questioned at the entrance.

Rubbish and recycling centres are understandably very hot on rental vans being used for dropping off the wrong type of rubbish. This is why you’ll need a specific permit from the council to do so (which sometimes comes at a cost).

With the right documentation, you’ll be allowed in, but make sure you do your homework first and speak to your local council.



Believe it or not, this does need to appear in this list.

Vans aren’t for racing. Well, they are in certain circumstances and for very specific hobbyists, but if you fall into that category, you can’t use hire vans for the task.

Firstly, hire vans are normally speed limited, so you won’t exactly feel like Lewis Hamilton, and, secondly, any racing you undertake will completely void your insurance.

More often than not, you simply need to apply some common sense and ‘finger-in-the-air’ judgements to your van rental requirements. If it feels like it might be dodgy, it probably is.

However, if you want to run your requirements by us, we’ll give you our honest opinion on whether or not they’re good for van rental.

We’re always here to help. Just get in touch with the Squab team, today.