British commercial vehicle (CV) production increased by 24.5% in March to 9,098 vehicles, according to data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

April growth followed a 8.8% decline in March 2018 and, the SMMT said, "was stimulated by strong market incentives combined with upcoming key model changes".

The number of vans, trucks and buses built for the domestic market rose 58.6% to 4,010 units while export demand also rose, by 6.5% to 5,088.

New SMMT research claimed one in 10 UK workers rely on vans for their jobs.

The first quarter of 2019 saw 27,513 trucks, buses and vans built in the UK, up 41.2% year on year and the best Q1 result since 2012.

Growth was driven largely by export demand with 96% built so far this year shipped to the European Union.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: "It's certainly positive to see growth in the commercial vehicle market but, with ongoing Brexit uncertainty and the natural variability of buying cycles, we're likely to see some turbulence in the months ahead."