New used board member at TruckEast

Suffolk-based Scania dealer group TruckEast has appointed Shane Wareing as used sales director, which sees him join its board. 

He has been responsible for the retailer’s used division since joining the organisation in 2010, subsequently increasing the department’s business by an average of 60%.  

“TruckEast has a fantastic reputation and has always had a family feel to it – something that attracted me in the first place,” said Wareing, “I am humbled to have achieved this level in my career and delighted that the hard graft has paid off.”

The group has made a series of other changes to its board, including Harley Coulson’s move to sales and operations director and Martyn Clipston to group aftersales director for all branches except Wellingborough, which continues to be run by director Graham Broughton. All of the changes are effective from 1 January.

Drop in HGV sales eases but SMMT warns of tough times ahead

New HGV registrations fell by 1.6% in the third quarter of 2020 according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Sales were down to 8,419 units compared with 8,557 the previous year, leaving the market down 39.6% year-to-date with a total of 21,763 vehicles sold, compared with 2019’s equivalent of 36,021.

Tractor unit sales fell by 17.1% to 3,399 units during the quarter – down from 4,100 a year ago. Rigids, however, bucked the downward trend, collectively rising by 12.6% to 5,020 units – up from 4,457 in quarter three 2019 – with the lightest 6- to 16-tonne category recording an especially strong 20.8% rise.

Year-to-date, rigid truck sales are down 35.1% to 13,226 units compared with 2019’s equivalent 20,370, while artics are down 45% to 8,537 units compared with 15,651 a year ago.  

“While Q3 saw some stability return to the HGV market, this may well be short-lived amid fresh autumn lockdowns across Wales and England,” said SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes.

“These lockdowns should serve as a reminder of the critical role the industry plays in keeping the country’s shelves stocked with vital supplies, and the need to provide operators with business certainty and confidence.

“As the end of 2020 approaches, this will mean a redoubling of efforts to secure a zero-tariff trade deal with EU, as well as promoting fleet renewal to help drive a green recovery for the sector, and the UK.”