Truck registrations continue to grow

Truck registrations have increased for the 19th consecutive month of growth with 4,115 vehicles registered in April according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

The continued growth in truck registrations brings the total for the year to date to 16,195 vehicles, a 27.4% increase largely due to the continued success of two-axle artics which were up 63.5% in April over last year’s figures. Registrations of rigid vehicles for the year to date are currently up 52.9% on 2011 with 10,979 registrations, while demand for artics has decreased marginally, down 5.7% against sales in 2011.

Daf continues to lead in registrations of vehicles greater than 6-tonnes, with 1,118 registrations, an increase of 32% over April 2011, and the largest increase amongst each of the manufacturers.

It is a different story for van registrations up to 3.5-tonnes continuing the fall which started in December 2011. Registrations fell by 19.8% to 14,508 vehicles, bringing the total number of registrations for the year to date to 76,196, down 15.7%. Registrations for the rolling year are, however, still up by 1.1% thanks to the strong performance of the LCV sector throughout 2011.

Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive, says: “The relative strength of the 2011 van market continued to dent 2012 performance with the ‘up to 3.5t’ market dropping 19.8% in the month. Trucks remained strong, up 27.4% for the year-to-date, continuing the steady recovery seen throughout last year.”