Truck registrations were given a “temporary boost” in September thanks to the new ‘59 plate and the end of availability of the reduced pollution certificate for Euro 4 and 5 trucks, according to the latest statistics from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
A total of 6,522 trucks were registered during the month, an increase of 5.4 per cent, however numbers for the rolling year are still down 28.3 per cent.
Demand for vans remained low for the month, dropping by 22.3 per cent to 28,382. For the rolling year registrations are down 39.7 per cent.
“Business confidence remains fragile in the commercial vehicle sector despite an increase in registrations at the heavy end of the market,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive.
“As anticipated, September registrations were given a temporary boost, by both the new ’59 plate and the end of availability of reduced pollution certificates for Euro 4 and 5 trucks. This demonstrates the positive effect a small incentive can have on the market but does not yet signal an end to the severe impact of the recession.”