“It is encouraging to see that registrations of commercial vehicles grew 4.2% in November”, said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association which represents commercial vehicle and franchised car retailers across the UK, commenting on the SMMT’s van and truck registration figures.
Figures released today showed that growth was again fuelled by the van market, which rose 17.1% to 26,516 units in the month.
The Truck market declined -49.6% following the introduction of full EU Type-Approval at the end of this October. Many dealers and truck operators have brought forward their truck registrations in a bid to remove the need for EU Type-Approval this month.
Robinson continued, “The most significant decline in the truck sector came from rigid vehicles between 6.0 - 16.0t - typically vehicles with additional bodywork fitted that would require the new type-approval. This sector recorded registrations of 219 units this month, compared with 1044 units in November 2013 - a massive decline of -79.0%.
“We are hopeful that the van market will remain buoyant for the remainder of 2014.”
NOTES TO EDITORS:
The Retail Motor Industry represents the interests of operators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses. The RMI has a formal association with the independent Scottish Motor Trade Association which represents the retail motor industry in Scotland.