Truck registrations up in first quarter of 2021
Truck registrations increased by 9.5% in the first quarter of 2021, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
The first three months of the year saw 10,064 units registered with the increase attributable to a week first quarter in 2020 due to lockdown measures introduced partway through March.
Changes in fleet renewal cycles as a result of the pandemic also lowered demand resulting in Q1 2021 figures being -15.1% down on Q1 2019.
Tractor units were the biggest winners with registrations up 25.3% to 4,528 vehicles, while rigids saw a declilne of -0.8% to 5,536 registrations. Tractors units were the biggest segment, with a 44.3% share of the market. Tipper registrations also increased, up 10.8%.
SMMT Chief Executive, Mike Hawes, said, “The rise in truck registrations is welcome news but it does not yet signify full recovery, especially as it’s in comparison with a quarter when the first lockdown was introduced. Likewise, the nature of the fleet buying cycle for the HGV market can mean that a large fleet order can have a significant impact on any quarterly figures. However, fleet renewal remains the quickest way to get more of the newest, cleanest vehicles on UK roads, particularly as we strive to meet our collective environmental goals. A plan for a charging and refuelling network suitable for HGVs is pivotal for the transition to these new technologies.”
Motus invests in new Essex truck and van service centre
Motus-owned dealer groups Orwell Truck & Van and S & B Commercials are developing a new truck and van sales supersite in Essex to better serve the area.
The £4m investment will see a flagship site open by the end of the year in the town of Witham with nine full-length truck and trailer bays.
Three of the bays will have 22-metre pits, with one of them being used as an Authorised Testing Facility for on-site truck MoT tests.
The new centre will have late opening hours, six days a week with the three-acre site also getting a further eight bays for van maintenance and repairs, as well as MoT tests of Class 4, 5 and 7 categories.
Truck wash facilities are also being installed, while the parts department will carry an extended range of Mercedes-Benz GenuineParts to supply the workshop as well as over-the-counter customers, own account and independent maintenance facilities across Essex, Suffolk, and Hertfordshire.
Lee Seward, the MD of Orwell Truck & Van and S & B Commercials, said: “The Witham project has been a long time in the planning and it’s tremendously exciting now that it’s finally a reality. Given its fantastic location, the new aftersales centre is going to play a big part in our growth strategy, as we strive to restrict vehicle downtime to an absolute minimum for our customers.”
Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK MD Wolfgang Theissen added: “Witham represents a particularly welcome development because it will provide us with brand representation in an area – and alongside a busy trunk road – where this was previously lacking. We thank them for this investment, and we are very much looking forward to the opening of these fantastic new facilities.”