Insurance giant Allianz has launched a roadside assistance service for van owners and drivers in order to minimise the inconvenience of their vehicle breaking down.

Three packages are available – Gold, Silver and Bronze. As standard, 24 hour breakdown cover and local van recovery (as long as the van is more than a mile from home) for the driver and up to seven passengers is offered, with Silver adding home assistance if the vehicle breaks down before a journey begins, while Gold includes national recovery and the provision of alternative transport or overnight accommodation if needed.

Prices start from £46.50 per van per year, though this programme is intended for sole traders or SMEs, as the product is only available for single vehicles rather than fleets.

“The launch of our new Van Breakdown Assistance cover follows the recent launch of our car Breakdown Assistance, extending our expertise to benefit all van and light commercial vehicles owners, and enabling them to enjoy the same premium level of customer care as all car travellers,” said Kate Walker, head of strategic market management at Allianz Worldwide Partners in the UK. “With highly qualified roadside assistance technicians, trained to manufacturer standards, we offer affordable breakdown cover that’s designed to keep drivers moving.”