Heavy vehicle sales in the UK are up over 19% so far this year with a particularly strong increase in sales of heavy rigid trucks.
Sales data released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) shows more than 10,000 new commercial vehicles over six tonnes were registered in the first three months of the year, a 19.2% increase compared to the same period in 2015.
Growth was driven by increased demand for rigids, specifically those over 16 tonnes which saw a 48.1% rise.
Tractors (prime movers) were the most popular body type in the first three months of the year, accounting for 38% of the heavy goods vehicles that hit British roads in the period.
While the British bus and coach markets rose by 2.0% in Q1, mostly on the back of a strong increase in mini-bus sales.
Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, welcomed the strong start to the year.
“This is a positive start to the year for the heavy truck market, with demand having stabilised following the regulatory upheaval seen in 2014.
“Large rigids saw more moderate growth than at the end of 2015 – a sign that the sector is set for a continued, steady period of growth.”