Truck registrations fell 19.6 per cent to 2,882 units in January, according to the Society of Motor manufacturers and Traders. Even so, they were still 2.1 per cent up for the rolling 12 months.
Vans fared better with registrations rising 11.9 per cent to 16,049 units in January.
“2013 is set to be a telling year for the commercial vehicle sector with van registrations off to a good start and the truck sector’s performance under close scrutiny ahead of the introduction of Euro 6 from January 2014,” said Nigel Base, SMMT commercial vehicle manager.
“Van registrations were up 12 per cent in the month and SMMT forecasts that the light commercial vehicle sector will grow almost 5 per cent over the year, with new models and greater business confidence driving the market.”