LCV registrations decline in October as business confidence falls

06 November 2017

  • Demand for light commercial vehicles falls -7.4% in October, with 24,968 units registered.
  • Declines across almost all segments, but pick-ups remain stable, up 0.5%.
  • Year-to-date van registrations down -3.5 %, with 307,647 joining British roads so far this year.

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The new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market declined in October, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 24,968 new LCVs joined British roads last month, a -7.4 % fall compared with the same month last year.

Demand for pick-ups remained stable, with registrations growing 0.5%. However, it was a different picture across all the van segments, with demand for smaller vans, vehicles weighing 2.0-2.5T, and large vans falling -20.2%, -14.6% and -5.2% respectively.

Overall year-to-date figures saw a decline of -3.5% on 2016, with 307,647 registrations. Although the van market remains at a very high level, a recent decline in business confidence caused by ongoing political and economic uncertainty has resulted in further declines in the market, causing SMMT to revise its new van forecast for 2017.1

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,

Following the recent revision to the new van forecast, this month’s decline is not unexpected. While the market remains at a very high level, the recent decline in business confidence, caused by economic and political uncertainty, is now having an impact on van registrations. Government must therefore address these concerns and create the conditions necessary for the market to prosper.

Notes

1. 2017 van registrations are expected to decline -2.8% on 2016 levels.