Lloyd’s Chatham van, which transports the documents to the market’s administrative centre in Kent, will soon be resigned to the history books.

Chief executive Richard Ward, in a bid to show he means business when talking of modernising Lloyd’s, is to scrap the van, which makes a twice daily 66-mile round trip, some time in 2008.

The pronouncement has left some wondering what a fitting and suitably symbolic end to the famous van should be.

There have been suggestions that it could be auctioned off (perhaps to become part of a modern art installation at Hiscox’s offices). Backchat’s favourite, though, is that the van be crushed and placed within Lloyd’s as reminder of the past.