HEAVY goods vehicle registrations increased by 128.7% in the second quarter of 2021, according to figures released by the SMMT. The increase saw some 9,493 units registered, up from 5,342 in Covid-impacted 2020. Compared to the pre-pandemic five-year average, truck registrations fell -20.1%. Performance for the year to date followed a similar pattern, with 19,557 vehicles registered in 2021 – a 46.6% increase on 2020, but falling short by some 7,907 trucks when compared to 2019, a -28.8% reduction.
All segments saw volume increases compared to 2020, with articulated trucks up 128.3% and rigids up 128.9% respectively, tractor units continue to be the most popular body type, making up more than a third of all registrations (35.9%).