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Surge in sales provides fresh optimism

There are indications of growing confidence among truck and van buyers, including those related to the construction industry, who feel the worst of the recession is over.

Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) for May show that van sales (up to 3.5 tonnes) were almost 20,000, which is 17 per cent higher than the same month last year. Registrations of new tractive units jumped by almost 61 per cent to 1,381, while in the multi wheel truck sector, sales increased by 100 units to 671 – a 17.55 per cent increase.

So far this year sales of multi wheel rigid trucks are 29 per cent higher, slightly ahead of the rise in sub 3.5 tonnes van sales. And even more buoyantly, the tractive unit market has doubled.

The SMMT says the latest figures are evidence of sustained confidence in the commercial vehicle market.

Truck manufacturer Scania says its multi wheel sales have been boosted by orders from the waste management and recycling sector. These include Bristol & Avon Transport & Recycling which has purchased 14 new eight-wheel tippers.

And Kent-based TW Services has added a further three eight leggers as well as a pair of two-axle skip carriers.

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