Commercial vehicle registrations in the UK rose 23.5% to 28,827 units in April, with similar growth of 23.9% to 137,283 year to date.

Strong demand for trucks continues, up 43.5% in April to 3,900 units and 41.7% to 14,581 year to date.

Van registrations increased for the 12th consecutive month to 24,927, up 20.9%. YTD volume rose 22% to 122,702.

“With business confidence still on the up, the strong uplift enjoyed in the commercial vehicle market this year has continued into spring,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive.

“Demand for new vans is stronger than ever, with the sector recording its 12th consecutive month of growth in April.

“The move towards larger vehicles across all segments was again evident last month with rigids weighing in over six tonnes and three axle artics driving the increase in truck registrations.

“We look to the next government (it’s election day in the UK 7 May) for stability to ensure this robust performance continues.”