Brakes go on truck sales in UK in 2018

Seven percent drop in truck and heavy van sales

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Truck sales might be booming ahead in Australia and the U.S. at the moment, however there’s been clear slowdown in the UK.

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) data released today shows a 7.0% drop in the new heavy goods vehicle (HGV) market in the third-quarter of the year.

9,853 heavy trucks were registered between June and September.

SMMT saying the dip is a result of fluctuating fleet buying cycles and ongoing falls in business confidence.

Registrations of rigid trucks declined in the third quarter, down -9.8%.

While prime mover sales also fell, by -4.1%.

Year to date, HGV registrations in the UK are also down -7.5% with 30,308 new units handed over across the first nine months of the year.

hgv sales uk 2018Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, says the results are disappointing.

“Given this quarter marks the fifth consecutive decline, there is no doubt that a fall in operator confidence is having an impact on registrations of these big-ticket purchases.

“Government must address the current economic and political uncertainty if we are to get more of these high-tech, ultra-low emission vehicles on to our roads, and to ensure the sector can prosper.”

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Joel is the founder and CEO of Heavy Vehicles. With more than 20 years experience in the media, including more than 10 years heading up the car publication - Behind the Wheel, Joel is passionate about bringing a fresh perspective to the Australian road transport industry. Prior to his media career Joel worked for a number of years as a bus, truck and delivery driver.

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