The UK commercial vehicle market grew 23.2% year on year to 24,567 units in January, the ninth consecutive month of growth.

Truck registrations were up 38.6% to 2,518 units, led, the SMMT said, "by pent up demand".

Van volume was up 21.7% to 22,049 units.

"The truck market posted a strong return to form in January. Changes to Euro Standards and Type Approval Regulations in 2014 affected demand last year, and now we are starting to see a return to business as usual," said SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes.

"The number of vans registered this month has once again increased, reflecting raised levels of business confidence and demand for a range of efficient, well equipped models. Successes in both markets have seen the total commercial vehicle market grow significantly for a ninth consecutive month."

  January % change Year-to-date % change Rolling year % change
Vans 22,049 21.7% 22,049 21.7% 325,613 19.2%
Trucks 2,518 38.6% 2,518 38.6% 42,170 -23.5%
Total 24,567 23.2% 24,567 23.2% 367,783 12.0%

Data from SMMT