UK commercial vehicle registrations trailed EU rivals in October

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UK commercial vehicle registrations trailed European rivals in October and are behind for the year to date, according to data from the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA).

The heavier end of the market (16 tonnes and above) fell 18.3% in the UK during October with 3,535 rigid and tractor units registered, according to ACEA.

The UK’s year to date total of 29,474 registrations represents a 5.5% fall year-on-year also.

France, by way of comparison, saw a 20.7% increase to 4,494 rigid and tractor unit registrations in October and is 6% up year on year in the first ten months of 2017.

Registrations, from 3.5 tonnes up to 16 tonnes - showed a similar pattern, with a strong October across the EU while UK registrations contracted. In the year-to-date overall EU registrations in this category have seen marginal growth they have contracted by 4.5% to 42,019 registrations in the UK.

Van registrations (up to 3.5 tonnes) increased 12.7% year-on-year across the EU in October to 169,448. For the ten months of the year more than 1.6 million new vans have been registered in the EU, a 4.8% increase ye ar-on-year.

However, the UK market contracted. Van registrations were down 7.4% at 24,968 in October compared with a year ago; while for the year to date they stood at 307,647, which is a 3.5% decline year-on-year.

The SMMT’s third quarter figures for new van registrations – although not like-for-like – still showed a decline across the board year-on-year during October for trucks.

However, while year to date the UK rigid market is down, artic registrations as of the third quarter remained in growth with 13,323 recorded, 4.6% ahead of 2016.